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Signed Dated Titled



32 x 30 cm
13 x 11.81 in







Technique: collotype on paper;

Year: 1931;

The artwork is based on book "Gustav Klimt. Eine Nachlese", that presents 30 heliogravure reproductions of oil paintings with an introductory text by text by Max Eisler, published by Österreichische Staatsdruckerei, Vienna, 1931, in an edition of 500 numbered copies. The technique of collotype is a dichromate-based photographic process invented by Alphonse Poitevin in 1856 and used for large volume mechanical printing before the existence of cheaper offset lithography. The collotype plate is made by coating a plate of glass or metal with a substrate composed of gelatin or other colloid and hardening it. Then it is coated with a thick coat of dichromated gelatin and dried carefully at a controlled temperature, so it 'reticulates' or breaks up into a finely grained pattern when washed later in approximately 16 °C water. It's then exposed in contact with the negative using an ultraviolet source which changes the ability of the exposed gelatin to absorb water later. The plate is developed by carefully washing out the dichromate salt and dried without heat. It's left in a cool dry place to cure for 24 hours before using it to print. The artwork is certificated by a document of autentiicity.

1862 Wien, Austria

Gustav Klimt was born in Baumgarten, a Vienna suburb, in 1862. He is one of the most Art Nouveau (Jugendstil)  representative. He is a founder and the fist presidenr of the Wiener Secession (1897).  His style is influenced by the European Simbolism, it's a metaphor of the Austrian Empire decadence. He describes the aristocracy magnificence on decline, collapsing into the First World War. The artist expresses universal themes (life, death, women, the unconscious) using a decorative style: stylized, floreal, graceful, sensual shapes typical of Art Nouveau style complete with gold-foil. He reaches a great success and he receives many private and public European commissions. The most famous Klimt's masterpieces are Beethoven Frieze, realized in 1902 at the Secession Palace, "The Delay" and "The Embrance" (1905-1909) in Stoclet Palace dining room. Between 19th and 20th Century he approaches the Expressionism, he gives up the gold-foil and Art Nouveau little shapes, to focus on the landscape (thick twines) and on the femenine portrait (women characterized by a sensual and melancholy looks which represent the end of the Austrian Empire golden age). Gustav Klimt dies in 1918, the same year during which his loved country falls down under the First World War.

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