PARIS, FRANCE.- Fondation Dina Vierny Musée Maillol presents Gustav Klimt Erotic Papers through May 30, 2005. Klimt the drawer and Klimt the painter sometimes seem like two very distinct persons. The painter is the one we know, the intellectual bourgoisie's official artist from the joyful Viennese Apocalypse, the author of somptuous works of art exemplary in the use of ornament. He is above all a painter of commissions, whether commissions from the State in his beginnings, or private commissions from wealthy men who wished to make their womens beauty eternal. The drawings of portraits that we know do not seem to have been major pictorial creations but rather to have played the part of an accompanist. And yet Klimt is above all a drawer.
The most intimate part of Klimts work - While his large pictorial works are painted to be seen, the works on paper were on the contrary never meant to be shown to the general public, even though the rare critics and connoisseurs who were able to access his workshop believed they were the best part of his creation. It is in this sense that Erotic Papers, by bringing together for the first time 120 drawings of exceptional quality around the unique and inexhaustible theme of the nude and eroticism, is a great event that unveils the most intimate part of the artists work
Woman totally available sexually - n his drawings Klimt escapes the temptation of colour. Form is his aim above all and it leads to the quintessence of his art. The drawings are free of any decorative motives in which the figures disappear, as if absorbed by an abstract framework. Klimt knows how to create a completely uninhibited atmosphere. In the words of Hofman he knew how to paint woman in her distant dignity and to draw her in her total sexual availability. There are many drawings in which the young girl lets herself be carried by her pleasure. She is shown lascivious, her eyes closed, sketched with the point of a pencil that is so thin that her body seems to disappear into the emptiness of the paper. There is no need to bring forward the erotic aspect of the scene. Klimt limits himself to express the sign of pleasure by an extra line on her eyebrows, that suddenly sticks out like a drawing in the drawing, underlining the sensations that lead her beyond herself.
No mask nor public - In no other aspect of his work is Klimt as close to himself. In his drawings he is without a mask, without a public, without a collector. He draws only for himself. His drawing is liberated of all conventions, of all restrictions and its only demand is that of its creator. It is the instantaneous translation of the creative shock the artist undergoes when he sees and works with his model or models. The extraordinary freedom of the line that characterizes his works allows him to reach a representation of desire without the need to justify his nudes by anything else but the mystery of the desire, where the nude and eroticism combine for one same purpose.