Leipzig and Vienna: Thyrsos-Verlag, 1922.
Beautifully preserved portfolio of fifty delicate lithographs printed
from line drawings by Gustav Klimt with a foreword by the Austrian writer, Hermann Bahr.
Klimt is best known for his richly ornamental romantic oil paintings
magnificently adorned with warm colours heightened by gilt detailing,
however, these lithographs reveal him as a master of spare and
purposeful design. Stripped of embellishment, the lithographs have
a haunting, sometimes necrotic quality, both unsettling and
alluring. Many are erotic in nature, reinforcing an age-old confluence
of death and sexual desire. Throughout Klimt remains a confident
apostle of his disquieting yet undeniably unique style, blending
purposeful anatomical configuration with an intangible metaphysical
Original folding portfolio case, 8 page letterpress introduction
incorporating title-page and limitation leaf, loose plates; decorative
front board printed in gilt, vellum backstrip, excellent condition.