Today we were eating a fantastic food outside and we were talking about this changing world. It’s complicated to evaluate the last century looking at the art: there are many movements, many names, many… changes! Yes, maybe the II World War changed the perspective of the world and, after that, the world experimented a tremendous shock. But today is the 150 anniversary of the birth of Gustav Klimt, a man who changed the rules in the art.
I will say it for the beginning: I prefer Caravaggio to Klimt. I like Baroque painters and even the Baroque fashion but I recognize Klimt’s final influence in modern art movements. We can go for a walk in New York, Paris or even the old Madrid and you can see his kiss in every corner of the city. Today, when we were going back home, we’ve seen two reproductions of Judith and The Kiss in a little gift shop and I thought that Klimt’s decorations are really present in our lives. We can see now the Modernism as a true social transformation movement. Art left then its ceremonial and religious component and went to homes for everybody. Then, Klimt is not only important for his collages and techniques –he is too-, but he’s very important because in one sense, he is part of a movement that changed the world. We cannot understand next movements without Modernism and we cannot understand modern artists without Modernism. Art is the addiction of many things: history, social movements, thinking… philosophy… everything! Art is the last frontier of the human thinking, the land where the sight and the feelings meet with the unconscious. Is it not fantastic? We are always discussing about our artistic likes and I still like Caravaggio. Is it important? My personal feelings are nearer the Italian painter but I recognize the merits of this Austrian creator and the people who help us to understand this different changing world, the people who changed the rules, the people who observed and deformed the world and, finally, the people who creates a new social order in arts.
Wherever you are, in Hell or in Heaven, Here or There… have a happy birthday, the master of modernism, Gustav Klimt.