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Connections: Gustav Klimt and Jeffrey Jones

A handful of photographs and preparatory sketches are all that is left of Klimt’s controversial “Faculty Paintings.” All three — Philosophy (1900), Medicine (1901), and Jurisprudence (1903) — were destroyed in May 1945 when the retreating Nazis, who had illegally seized Klimt’s paintings from their legitimate owners, set fire to Schloss Immendorf, a castle in Lower Austria to which the paintings had been transported in 1943 for safe keeping.

P.S. The reason I’ve included the photo of Jurisprudence is simply to complete Klimt’s triptych for those who haven’t seen it. It’s not because I think it had a particular influence on the paintings by Jones included above.

P.P.S. Yes, I am aware that there are several other Klimt-inspired paintings by Jones. Maybe another time…

8 thoughts on “Connections: Gustav Klimt and Jeffrey Jones

  1. I’ve updated the post to include Jones’s Tree, a painting which, according to The Art of Jeffrey Jones (page 38), was “an illustration for an unidentified issue of Gallery magazine”, and which, like Ceremony, is indebted to Klimt’s “Faculty Paintings” in general and Medicine in particular.

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  2. “Ceremony” or Crescent, as named by Jones, was a print released by Darkstar in 1973. Tree appeared in the first issue of Gallery (11/72).

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  3. Ceremony is listed as the title of the Jones painting with the crescent moon in the Dragon’s Dream collection of Jones’s work, Yesterday’s Lily (1980). The painting is also identified as Ceremony (1970) in The Art of Jeffrey Jones (2002).

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  4. It is entertaining to track Jeffrey’s painting names – while some of the better known paintings, like ‘Blind Narcissus’ or ‘Age of Innocence’ or ‘The Wall’ have a name that most identify with the painting, there are a lot of pieces with multiple names, all provided by Jones. In this particular case, Jeffrey also referred to this painting as “The Veil” in the FPG card set. The reason is simply that Jeffrey named paintings only when necessary, and further felt that names were limiting factors to how that viewer interacted with the piece. This is something of an extension of Jones’s belief that art does not require any further context beyond the work itself; thus, illustration is, by it’s very nature, immoral.

    My point is that I wasn’t trying to correct the naming of the painting, although when I read my own comment, that is certainly the way it reads, so I apologize for the confusion. My goal was to provide the reader with references to where the paintings were originally published.

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  5. BTW, my understanding is that Jones kept very poor records of his work throughout his career. Jones had no master list of published and unpublished work that included titles, dates completed, mediums, dimensions, etc. So what appears to have been a deliberate decision to rename a work may sometimes simply have been forgetfulness. When you’re as prolific as Jones was, you’re bound to forget a few titles. I say this from experience…

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