Gustav Klimt Quotes

Who was Gustav Klimt?

Gustav Klimt was an Austrian painter.

Born July 14, 1862
Died February 6, 1918
Aged 55 years old

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Best 20 Quotes by Gustav Klimt

“After tea it's back to painting - a large poplar at dusk with a gathering storm.”

“All art is erotic.”

“Anyone who wants to know something about me – as an artist because only this side of me is worthy of interest – should look closely at my paintings and try to deduce from them what I am and what I want.”

“Art is a line around your thoughts.”

“Even the most humble object, provided it is perfectly executed, increases the beauty of our Earth.”

“Even when I have to write a simple letter I'm scared stiff, as if faced with looming seasickness.”

“I can paint and draw. I believe this myself and a few other people say that they believe this too. But I'm not certain of whether it's true.”

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“I have the gift of neither the spoken nor the written word, especially if I have to say something about myself or my work. Whoever wants to know something about me – as an artist, the only notable thing – ought to look carefully at my pictures and try and see in them what I am and what I want to do.”

“I'm a painter who paints day in day out, from morning till evening – figure pictures and landscapes, more rarely portraits.”

“If the weather is good I go into the nearby wood – there I am painting a small beech forest (in the sun) with a few conifers mixed in. This takes until 8 'o clock.”

“No part of life is so small and insignificant that it does not offer space for artistic aspirations.”

“On my first days here I did not start work immediately but, as planned, I took it easy for a few days - flicked through books, studied Japanese art a little.”

“Only the ever greater penetration of the whole of life by artistic ideas will guarantee the progress of civilisation.”

“The spoken word, like the written word, does not come easily to me, much less when I have to express myself or my work.”

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“There is always hope, as long as the canvases are empty.”

“There is no self-portrait of me. I am not interested in my person as an object of painting.”

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