I had hoped to see anything related to his work "Shakespeare's Theater" and I wasn't disappointed.
Painted in 1886-7, it is located on the ceiling of the Burgtheater in Vienna, and depicts the crypt scene of Romeo and Juliet as performed in the Globe Theatre.
|Sketch of Juliet|
|Sketch of Romeo|
The Getty was showing many of Klimt's sketches and I saw these sketches of Juliet and Romeo in person.
Taking photographs was not allowed, but I did find some good places on the internet to see many of the same sketches on display at the Getty:
The Getty has some images on their Pinterest page here and the Klimt Museum has some here
I like the painting very much because Klimt was trying to represent with painting what I am trying to do with my adaptations of the play -- depict the audience and the play together.
I love how the audience watches the play with rapt attention, especially the men in the Yard who seem to strain and rise up to see better.
I doubt very much that there were any wealthy patrons in the Yard, as depicted. I think that they would have naturally paid to sit in the Galleries, and would have not been seated without a cushion, which cost yet another penny.
But overall I enjoy the painting. It is very dynamic and quite unlike his other, better known, works.
David B. Schajer