What is it about a landscape that inspires a painter to recreate it on his canvas? Follow in the footsteps of the famous symbolist painter Gustav Klimt and at 24 different viewpoints, observe the artist’s muse: Lake Attersee.
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) is mostly noted for his portrait paintings of wealthy patrons, but some of his lesser-known masterpieces came along later in his career. Klimt began to paint imaginative landscapes of Lake Attersee during his vacations between 1900 and 1916, which he spent in towns such as Litzlberg, Kammer, and Weissenbach. After years of using the tiring method of holding up his thumb and index finger to create a viewing point, Klimt crafted a viewing device out of cardboard. Armed with the same simple, but helpful tool, you are prepared to see the world as Klimt did during the “KulTour with Gustav Klimt” interactive walking tour.
As you tour the landscape of the Attersee and its surroundings, 24 viewpoints invite you to see the landscape that fascinated Klimt enough to paint it. It should be noted that the paintings of the Attersee are the only landscapes to be found in his collection. While a self-guided tour leads you independently through the footsteps of the master, a guide provides even more insight to these inspirational points with a cruise of the lake and walking tour. Finish your experience with a visit to the Klimt Center to learn more about this great artist.