Arts Why the Klimt Was Worth It
The Guardian’s Jonathan Jones makes the case for the $135 million sale.
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. … Klimt’s art is not a happy celebration of love but a tragic Nietzschean acknowledgement of the irrational as something that cannot be controlled or resisted, but will, instead, carry you along, for better or worse.