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Artist Cheat Sheet: Gustav Klimt

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 · 12 Comments

Say you’re not super knowledgeable about art, but you do know you love _______ (enter famous artist here). Perhaps you’ve lamented the fact that your love of Picasso won’t help you in the pursuit of living with art, but I would disagree! With a bit of guidance you can start to develop your taste on current (and affordable) art based on your preferences of “famous” art.

Here’s how this series works: each time I match a major artist of the 19th or 20th c. (e.g. Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko, Keith Haring) with current independent artists who share the artist’s style, subject, etc. Although there’s nothing wrong with museum prints, you’ll no longer have the excuse of not knowing any current, affordable artists you like!

If you love Klimt for his feminine, detailed portraits such as Mada Primavesi

…then you should definitely check out Amanda Blake (top row), Elizabeth Bauman (middle row) and Vivienne Strauss (bottom row).













If you like Klimt’s indulgent, sensuous work like Water Snakes II

…then you might also like Audrey Kawasaki‘s paintings (below) which are also female-centric and erotic, but with a modern, manga comic twist.


If you like Klimt’s romantic work like his world-famous painting, The Kiss

…then you might like Australian artist, Eveline Tarunadjaja‘s girly, romantic work.

If you like Klimt’s darker, more abstract work like Jurisprudence

…then you might also like the work of Stella im Hultberg with its similar stylistic elements and beautiful but edgy feel.


And, if you like many people you love Klimt’s landscapes like Birch Forest

…then you should check out Lisa Congdon‘s graphic landscapes.

Please feel free to leave suggestions for future artists.

Previous cheat-sheet: Georgia O’Keeffe

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gabrielle // Mar 29, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    LOVE this post! it’s genius really. love most of the artists as well. you’re cool!

  • 2 Kate // Mar 30, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Thanks, Gabrielle! I’m excited about this series too. Stay tuned!

  • 3 Ana Pina // Apr 1, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Beautiful post!
    I absolutely love Gustav Klimt’s work, one of my favorite artists ever and I really loved to get to know the incredible artists you presented… thank you for sharing!

    (May I suggest Egon Schiele? One of my other all time favorites 🙂
    (Or maybe Frida Kahlo!)

  • 4 Kate // Apr 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Thanks so much, Ana! I love your suggestions. I’m also a huge fan of Frieda Kahlo.

  • 5 Kirsty // Apr 2, 2010 at 2:35 am

    I have also been looking at/writing about an artist that completely unexpectedly reminds me of klimt’s work.. see my posting from late 2009/early 2010. There seems to be something very essential about it, it captures something archetypal.

  • 6 Lauren // Apr 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Lovely post. I love the pictures you picked out.

    I have to say though, I don’t think that similar subject matter between artists is what will get an art fan, but similar technique. Of course, it depends on the situation, I thought your suggestion of Audrey Kawasaki for those who like erotic paintings was very appropriate.

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  • 8 Kate // Apr 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    Thanks so much for the feedback! I totally agree with you that technique and “feel” matter just as much if not more so than subject. I ideally try to find examples that fit in both categories but in the end some only match in one sense or another.

    Best, Kate

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  • 12 Monica Perez Vega // Dec 17, 2011 at 3:45 am

    I have fallen in love with your blog!

    I absolutely love the cheat sheets. It’s a great resource for my students. Is there an index or search feature, though? I have a difficult time navigating.

    Mad props from Amsterdam

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