Clothing as Artistic Expression

This is my review of the first couple of chapters of the book by Susanna Partsch, KLIMT, Life and Work. IP, Munich 1993
“When Klimt died on the 6th February, 1918, all of Vienna mourned the loss of their great painter.” His paintings explored the shape of the human body often with geometric backgrounds and most often created with gold leaf.

At that time in history, a group of artists called the Jugendstil artists . . . “were great innovators in the synthesis of architecture, interior design and painting . . .” Life in these rooms requires people in the right clothing; only when ladies in decorative attire sweep through these interiors will they really come to life.”

“Fashion, like everything else became a component of the total work of art, elevated to the level of art. Gustav Klimt, a painter of some standing (at that time), did not hesitate to design clothes; his relationship with the proprietress of a fashion house certainly heightened his interest.

Klimt’s fashions were seen in fashion shows reviewed in the journal, Kunst und Kunstler. This was happening in Vienna while in England, William Morris was introducing his ideas for design. And on the streets of Paris, France, Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters were everywhere to be seen during Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s lifetime. (1864-1901).

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