Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d’art. Klimt’s primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. In addition to his figurative works, which include allegories and portraits, he painted landscapes. Among the artists of the Vienna Secession, Klimt was the most influenced byJapanese art and its methods.

Early in his artistic career, he was a successful painter of architectural decorations in a conventional manner. As he developed a more personal style, his work was the subject of controversy that culminated when the paintings he completed around 1900 for the ceiling of the Great Hall of the University of Vienna were criticized as pornographic. He subsequently accepted no more public commissions, but achieved a new success with the paintings of his “golden phase,” many of which include gold leaf. Klimt’s work was an important influence on his younger contemporary Egon Schiele.

 

Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt, "Tree of Life"
Gustav Klimt, “Tree of Life”
Gustav Klimt, "Tree of Life", detail
Gustav Klimt, “Tree of Life”, detail
Gustav Klimt, "Tree of Life", detail
Gustav Klimt, “Tree of Life”, detail
Gustav Klimt, "Danae"
Gustav Klimt, “Danae”
Gustav Klimt, "Emilie Floge"
Gustav Klimt, “Emilie Floge”
Gustav Klimt, "Giuditta"
Gustav Klimt, “Giuditta”
Gustav Klimt, "Idylle"
Gustav Klimt, “Idylle”
Gustav Klimt, "Mada Gertrude Primavesi"
Gustav Klimt, “Mada Gertrude Primavesi”
Gustav Klimt, "Nuda Veritas" ("Naked Truth")
Gustav Klimt, “Nuda Veritas” (“Naked Truth”)
Gustav Klimt, "The Bride"
Gustav Klimt, “The Bride”
Gustav Klimt, "The Three Ages of Woman"
Gustav Klimt, “The Three Ages of Woman”
Gustav Klimt, "The Three Ages of Woman", detail Mother and Child
Gustav Klimt, “The Three Ages of Woman”, detail Mother and Child
Gustav Klimt, "Water Serpents"
Gustav Klimt, “Water Serpents”
Gustav Klimt, "Water Serpents", detail
Gustav Klimt, “Water Serpents”, detail
Gustav Klimt, "Water Serpents", detail
Gustav Klimt, “Water Serpents”, detail

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