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March 14, 2013
Marian Bisanz-Prakken Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line Exh. cat. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012. 304 pp.; 225 color ills. Cloth $49.95 (9781606061114)

Exhibition schedule: Albertina Museum, Vienna, March 14–June 10, 2012 (with the title Gustav Klimt: The Drawings); J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, July 3–September 23, 2012

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Gustav Klimt. Portrait of a Young Woman Reclining (1897–1898). Black chalk. 45.5 x 31.5 cm (17 15/16 x 12 3/8 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

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Halfway through the J. Paul Getty Museum’s exhibition Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line, viewers craned their necks back to take in Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze (1901–02). The monumental painting was reproduced some twenty feet off the ground in the museum’s lofty galleries. The installation approximated the original 1902 display in the Viennese Secession Building where Klimt and his collaborators paid homage to the composer. As one scans the work, gaunt, floating genii on the first...