Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Gustav Klimt ~ Tate Liverpool

Portrait of Eugenia Primavesi 1913-14

Jill and I had a really enjoyable weekend in Liverpool, visiting the Gustav Klimt exhibition at the Tate. The exhibition was skilfully curated with his work set in the context of the day. The work of his contemporaries, and his collaborations with them, gave you a real feel for the buzzing creativity in pre war Vienna. I loved his landscapes, all on square canvases in an impressionistic style.

We also went to the Walker Art gallery and saw a really beautiful Hornel that had been bought directly from Hornel himself. Another gem was an early James Mackintosh Patrick of a steading in Eskdalemuir.

Of course we couldn’t make a trip to Liverpool without going on a ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ of Beatles’ homes and haunts…Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane and the Cavern.

The Klimt finishes at the end of August and the curator has said he doubts all the work will ever be brought together in this way again. I recommend a visit.

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