I had never enjoyed Klimt until recently when a book and more got me hooked. I've been visiting the Neue Galerie*, which is two blocks north of the Metropolitan Museum.
Klimt's landscapes, so different from his jeweled portraits, have impressed me to consider views I never painted before, such as crowded growths. I often walk Fresh Pond in Cambridge MA, and see people shapes and movements in the trunks and branches of trees. When I ask others if they did as well...I get a blank look and "no."
My blog on the topic can be seen at Drawing Time: June 2013
*Neue Galerie New York is a museum devoted to early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design, displayed on two exhibition floors.
Most of Gustav Klimt's landscapes were painted while he was on summer holiday, with the trees in full leaf, but today we'll look at the ones that focus particularly on the trunks and bare branches:
Beech Forest I oil on canvas 1902
The Tree of Life 1909
I have never painted a self-portrait. I am less interested in myself as a subject for a painting than I am in other people, above all women... There is nothing special about me. I am a painter who paints day after day from morning to night... Who ever wants to know something about me... ought to look carefully at my pictures.
- Gustav Klimt