The Atman Art of Gustav Klimt 1862-1918
more than any other artist of recent History, Gustav Klimt was to Art
what Mozart, Elvis... and Chet Atkins together were to Music.
like Mozart, Elvis, and Chet Atkins influenced most every musician
and composer that followed so too Gustav Klimt influenced every
artist and especially all the Illustrators that knew his paintings
way before the pundits of art knew who he was.
If there was a “Atman machine” then it would have to be Gustav Klimt.
like Robert Fawcett, Harold von Schmidt, John Atherton and Norman
Adams, Gustav Klimt lived his whole life for the “Creativity that was
its own Reward,” Atman Art.
artistic versatility appears limitless. There were few avenues of
artistic expression that he did not eagerly explore. And then in every
avenue he was as creative, if not more so, than anyone else.
Versatility was his game, from the ancient to the far-east art of
China, and India to the Byzantine art. And then he also either
explored or set the stage for everything that was contemporary to his
time. He was so creative in what he painted that he would set much of
the stage for most of the styles that Illustrators as a whole would end
up taking to new levels.
seems that wherever his creativity took him Illustrators would
follow to pick up the ball and make a career out of what Gustav Klimt
gave them. He was not an “Illustrator.” But he was as good as, and
certainly more versatile an artist than any of the twelve Famous Artists.
a group these Famous Artists were far more famous and successful and
wealthy than any group of artists ever, even Gustav Klimt. It is very
unlikely that Gustav made the money at his art as did these Famous
Artists, who were making over $90,000 per year (about $450,000 today) doing their art. But none of these Famous Artists were the Atman machine like Gustav Klimt.
Klimt lived and breathed for his Creativity that was its own Reward..
There are only a few artists, like Norman Adams, who have the broad
versatility in art like Gustav Klimt had but only because, like
Klimt, they have no ego to mask the Creativity that is its own
one artist could have such a phenomenal influence on nearly all
Illustrators, even decades after his death, says a lot more
for Gustav Klimt than probably any other artist. Without the
publishing industry pushing his images the Public
was not the direct measure of Gustav Klimt's Creativity. However,
the Public measured the Creativity of all the illustrators who
Klimt most obviously influenced.
it were not for the Illustrators who discovered the phenomenal
creativity of Gustav Klimt, and then took his Creativity to new levels,
the public would still not know about him any more than the public knew
anything about J.S Bach, until Franz Liszt and Frédéric Chopin discovered him hundreds of years after his death.
his paintings do not unmask the same Reward-inside in us that it
gave him, then his story should. Exactly like Norman Adams,
and most of the successful Illustrators, Gustav Klimt had no
ego to mask his Creativity. His only meaning/reward in life was
his Creativity, and nothing in the outside, Ego, seemed to matter
to him compared to this addiction to create, for its own Reward.
The few words he used to tell us about himself tells us his Atman-driven no-ego story.
can paint and draw. I believe as much myself and others also say they
believe it. But I am not sure that it is true. Only two things are
I have never painted a self-portrait. I am less interested in myself as
a subject for a painting than I am in other people, above all women.
But other subjects interest me even more. I am convinced that I am not
particularly interesting as a person. There is nothing special about
me. I am a painter who paints day after day from morning until night.
Figures and landscapes, portraits less often.
I have the gift of neither the spoken nor the written word, especially
if I have to say something about myself or my work. Even when I have a
simple letter to write I am filled with fear and trembling as though on
the verge of being sea-sick. For this reason people must do without an
artistic or literary self-portrait. And this should not be regretted.
Whoever wants to know something about me--as an artist, the only
notable thing--ought to look carefully at my pictures and try and see
in them what I am and what I want to do."
like Mozart set the stage for Beethoven, and the Negro Blues,
Gospel and Soul music set the stage for Elvis, so too Gustav
Klimt set the stage for Illustrators to give the world Atman's Big
artist in recent history have had the artistic versatility of Gustav
Klimt. Norman Adams is one. But unlike Gustav Klimt Norman Adams was
born at the right time to be at the right place... for his
Paintings to come out of History’s Black Hole to give us an
unbelievable story of Atman Art and also even more unbelievable stories
that help explain Physics' Big Bang and Black Holes.
have been many geniuses like Leonardo de Vinci in History but only
he was born at the right time and place to be the heart of the Italian Renaissance.
Similarly, of all the great artists of recent History Norman
Adams, and not Gustav Klimt, was born at the right place and
right time to get the proverbial “red carpet” into the Charles E. Cooper Studio that, more than any other studio, gave the world the greatest explosion of artistic creativity the world will see, Atman's Big Bang.