I studied art in secondary school, but unfortunately haven’t followed it through to adulthood. However, I still have a handful of favourite artists – Gustav Klimt takes second spot (after Alphonse Mucha, who’s gallery I also visited in Prague). In Vienna, Austria, Klimt merchandise is everywhere. One of the top attractions on my itinerary was Klimt’s Villa – the artist’s old home and studio.
The villa is quite small, and houses some of Klimt’s lesser known paintings, some conceptual sketches, and personal items such as his smocks, seen on the bed above.
His furniture was on display, along with some artwork from his personal collection. I didn’t realise that he was so heavily influenced by Japanese art.
I loved this snapshot of the artist at the Leopold Museum. If you read all the plaques at the Villa you can read about how he hooked up with all of his muses. A lot of his rough sketches were pretty explicit.
The “Death and Life” painting is also housed at the Leopold Museum. I don’t like unhappy things so this isn’t a favourite of mine!
It was amazing to be able to look closely at the paintings. I was humbled to see the brushstrokes and signature of such a legendary artist.
This painting, entitled “Attersee” was new to me, I love the colours and calm atmosphere.
Klimt Villa Wien