A Record Price – Why Klimt? Why Now?

“Why should it be Klimt – a modest, quiet man – who set this record and not Picasso or Matisse or Hirst? Forget the cliche of Klimt – the gilded Valentine cards, the Athena posters; in short, The Kiss, the one image by this artist that we all think we know. Klimt is so often undervalued, just because of this travestied masterpiece. So tear your mind’s eye away from it. The paintings by Klimt displayed on these pages are pieces of modern intellectual history to set beside a formula scrawled by Albert Einstein or a score by Arnold Schönberg.”