KLIMT TAROT REVIEW
The Golden Tarot of Klimt is an artistic interpretation of the style of the 20th century’s early Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. The artwork is vibrant and sensual, with mosaic designs and embellished with gold metallic highlights. “The symbolism of the Tarot is completely in line with the culture of symbolism that gave birth to Klimt’s work. The images that Klimt painted of Klimt’s Viennese artist are in reality full of mystery. His work is a representation of mystery and more so , an expression of feelings and desires.”
Gustav Klimt was an early 20th century Austrian artist, who was renowned for the beauty, elegance and sensuality of his work. Klimt was adamant about the tradition and traditionalists of the past in his art. He is remembered for having “succeeded in perfectly portraying his vision of aristocratic and bourgeois society of his time changing it into a dreamlike world of splendor and glamour”. Klimt is also known as a Symbolist painter , which seems to be a perfect fit for the adaptation of his work into Tarot cards.
Klimt’s work was influenced by numerous sources, including medieval woodcuts from Durer, Japanese Ukiyoe paintings, Egyptian, Byzantine, Classical Greek and even Minoan influences. The influence of photography is also evident in the faces, and the bodies exhibit a photorealistic look in the form and expression. Klimt’s subjects are tall, minimalist, extremely beautiful, and extremely pale. The images aren’t just for the beautiful and young and include youngsters, elderly people, pregnant women larger-figured women, mothers all in their bleak humanness. Certain of his photos drew allegations of porn when they first were shown due to the naked body and representations of the human being as a natural person: the presence of bodies that did not fit the criteria to be’sensual’ in the time.
A.A. Atanassov was inspired by the style of Gustav Klimt and developed his cards to accompany Klimt’s Golden Tarot of Klimt from his work from 1899 until 1917. The cards may be close copies of his original artwork – The Moon Card is an reworking of ‘Danae’. The Ten of Cups is ‘Jungfrau The Strength card can be described as ‘Judith II’ as well as the High Priestess from “Bildnis Frieda Reidler” – While others have the same style but don’t exactly match with a painting of Klimt’s.
KLIMT TAROT CARD DETAILS
The art of the card is vibrant and lavish, yet elegant and elegant, and is with dramatic black borders. The use of mosaics and gold was common elements of Klimt’s work, and are utilized to create the Tarot deck to great effect . Clothing and vast areas of background are improved with beautiful reds, multi-colored mosaics made of tiles, and shimmering gold highlights that are metallic. The major arcana appear to more in line with Klimt’s work and the minor arcana have more Tarot illustrations of his style.
The cards I have the most fun with are personal favorite are the Sun as well as the Lovers as well as the Chariot and the Four of Wands. The Sun is a couple seated in a close embrace, glowing golden light shining down behind them. The Lovers depicts one Klimt’s most well-known paintings The Kiss The Kiss – a man bent in a kiss to his love’s face. Their robes have glittering gold. The Chariot depicts naked women wearing flowing hair of brown, atop an elegant chariot of gold and left arm with whip in hand, with reins on her right hand and her eyes shut. The Four of Wands has a intense sense of peace and love The woman is standing with her head resting on the sleepy child’s head with her hands.
The companion book is a standard publication by Lo Scarabeo – it introduces Klimt and the concept behind his Tarot cards, provides some pages of key words definitions (upright or reversed) as well as a special spread. The meanings aren’t exactly what you’d expect They don’t explain anything about the choices of art or connections between the card and art. They’re plain divinatory keywords. Examples:
XI Strength – Spiritual energy moral power Clear thinking determination. Dangerous confrontation, cruelty, uneven struggles, sacrifice.
The suits that are used in the deck include Chalices, Wands, Swords and Pentacles and the courts cards include Knave Queen, Knight and King. The major arcana are the traditional order that starts with Strength 11 followed by Justice at 8 and the minor arcana are illustrated. Each suit card is numbered and displays the appropriate amount of elements in the suit. For example. The Ten of Cups shows ten cups, or the Four of Swords four swords. The backs feature a reversible stylized Klimt design of an exquisitely-dressed woman.
The Golden Tarot of Klimt is a stunning deck featuring human beauty, contrasting with lavish costumes and the surroundings. It’s definitely for collectors of decks and art however, it could also be a working reading deck. For those who are new to reading, the altered imagery and the basic material to deal with, however, people with experience could benefit from it once they’ve stopped swooning over the gold-colored images.