Sunday, July 15, 2012

Gustav Klimt—Genuine Genius or Overhyped Kitsch?

You know you’ve made the big time when you rate a Google Doodle, as Gustav Klimt did this past weekend in recognition of the 150th anniversary of his birth. Anyone around the world Googling for knowledge got a glimpse of Klimt’s iconic 1907 painting The Kiss (detail shown above). For many people, however, Klimt’s almost as overused and overexposed as Google itself. The Valentine’s Day-ification of The Kiss seems to have smoothed the rough edges of the bad boy of turn of the 20th century Vienna and made him more kitsch than kunst. When the centennials and sesquicentennials roll around, reevaluations become unavoidable. So, can we say for certain whether Klimt’s genuine genius or overhyped kitsch? Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Gustav Klimt—Genuine Genius or Overhyped Kitsch?"


Hels said...

Bad boy? Of course... he behaved outrageously. But if we dismissed his genius on the grounds of bad behaviour, we would have to dismiss Gauguin, Dickens, Picasso and half the other geniuses in the arts.


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