The Magic of Line
Gustav Klimt Exhibit at The Getty Museum
Belated birthday wishes are in order for the Symbolist man of the moment, Gustav Klimt, who would have celebrated his 150th on July 14. In honour of the Modern Master’s notable anniversary, the J. Paul Getty Museum has collaborated with the Albertina Museum in Vienna to showcase over 100 of the native Viennese’s drawings in the USA, many of which have crossed the Atlantic for the first time. But make haste – this weekend marks the last opportunity to see the drawing-focused ‘The Magic of Line’ exhibition in Los Angeles, which closes on September 23.
From the 1880s until his death in 1918, Klimt was a prolific artist – today, there are approximately 4,000 surviving works. His drawings tended to revolve around the universal themes of love, suffering, and the cycle of life, making them as relevant today as they were over a century ago. If you haven’t time to admire all the works, do make sure to view Klimt’s female nudes – arguably his best known drawings, with each subject profiled in delicate, almost lacey pencil strokes. And while you’re at the museum, don’t forget to stop for a bite at the Getty’s charming terrace café overlooking the central garden – it’s, well... picture perfect!