Portrait of Gustav Klimt

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1862-1918

Austrian Secession Painter

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. His work is known for its intricate patterns, sensuality, and symbolism.

Klimt was born on July 14, 1862, in Baumgarten, near Vienna, Austria. He was the second of seven children in a working-class family. His father, Ernst Klimt, was a gold engraver, and his mother, Anna Klimt, was musically talented. Klimt's artistic talent was evident from an early age, and he received a scholarship to attend the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts (Kunstgewerbeschule) in 1876.

At the school, Klimt studied architectural painting under Ferdinand Laufberger and later under Julius Viktor Berger. In 1883, he formed the "Company of Artists" with his brother Ernst Klimt and their friend Franz Matsch. The group received numerous commissions for murals and other decorative works in public buildings, including the Burgtheater and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

In 1897, Klimt co-founded the Vienna Secession, an art movement that sought to break away from the conservative academic art establishment. As the first president of the Secession, Klimt played a significant role in shaping the group's exhibitions and publications. The movement's motto, "To every age its art, to every art its freedom," reflected its commitment to artistic innovation and freedom of expression.

Klimt's style evolved over time, moving from a more academic approach to a highly decorative and symbolist style. His "golden phase," which began around 1900, is characterized by the extensive use of gold leaf and intricate patterns. Some of his most famous works from this period include "The Kiss" (1907-1908), "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" (1907), and "The Tree of Life" (1909).

Klimt's work often explored themes of love, desire, and the human experience. His paintings were sometimes controversial due to their eroticism, and he faced criticism from conservative critics. Despite this, Klimt remained a highly influential figure in the art world, and his work continues to be celebrated today.

In his later years, Klimt focused more on landscapes and portraits, often using a more subdued color palette. He continued to work until his death on February 6, 1918, due to complications from a stroke and pneumonia. Klimt's influence can be seen in the work of many artists who followed, including his protégé Egon Schiele and the Austrian painter Oskar Kokoschka.

149 Klimt Paintings

The Bride, 1918 by Klimt | Canvas Print

The Bride 1918

Giclée Canvas Print
$108.80
SKU: 10079-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:165 x 191 cm
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Portrait of Baroness Elizabeth Bachofen-Echt, c.1915/16 by Klimt | Canvas Print
SKU: 10078-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:180 x 126 cm
Private Collection

The Hostile Powers (The Beethoven Frieze), 1902 by Klimt | Canvas Print
SKU: 10077-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:unknown
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Forest Slope in Unterach on the Attersee, 1917 by Klimt | Canvas Print
SKU: 10076-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:110 x 110 cm
Private Collection

Serena Pulitzer Lederer, 1899 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Serena Pulitzer Lederer 1899

Giclée Canvas Print
$56.01
SKU: 10075-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:190.8 x 85.4 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Hygieia (detail from Medicine), c.1900/07 by Klimt | Canvas Print
SKU: 10074-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:unknown
Destroyed by Fire at Immendorf Palace in 1945

Kammer Castle at Attersee II, c.1909 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Kammer Castle at Attersee II c.1909

Giclée Canvas Print
$75.99
SKU: 10073-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:110 x 110 cm
Private Collection

Church in Cassone (Landscape with Cypresses), 1913 by Klimt | Canvas Print
SKU: 10072-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:110 x 110 cm
Private Collection

The Swamp, 1900 by Klimt | Canvas Print

The Swamp 1900

Giclée Canvas Print
$65.34
SKU: 10071-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:80 x 80 cm
Private Collection

Musik, Undated by Klimt | Paper Art Print

Musik Undated

Giclée Paper Art Print
$47.75
SKU: 10070-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:unknown
Private Collection

Profile of a Girl, c.1880 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Profile of a Girl c.1880

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.14
SKU: 10069-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:24 x 16.8 cm
Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Adam and Eve, c.1917/18 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Adam and Eve c.1917/18

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.14
SKU: 10068-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:173 x 60 cm
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Study for the Painting 'Judith II', c.1908 by Klimt | Paper Art Print

Study for the Painting 'Judith II' c.1908

Giclée Paper Art Print
$47.75
SKU: 10067-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:54.2 x 34.5 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Attersee I, 1901 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Attersee I 1901

Giclée Canvas Print
$75.99
SKU: 10066-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:80.2 x 80.2 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Tall Poplars II (Approaching Thunderstorm), 1903 by Klimt | Canvas Print
SKU: 10065-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:100.8 x 100.7 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Flower Garden, c.1905/07 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Flower Garden c.1905/07

Giclée Canvas Print
$65.34
SKU: 10064-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:unknown
Private Collection

Orchard with Roses, c.1911/12 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Orchard with Roses c.1911/12

Giclée Canvas Print
$65.34
SKU: 10063-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:110 x 110 cm
Private Collection

Pallas Athena, 1898 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Pallas Athena 1898

Giclée Canvas Print
$75.99
SKU: 10062-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:75 x 75 cm
Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria

Study of the Head of a Blind Man, 1896 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Study of the Head of a Blind Man 1896

Giclée Canvas Print
$59.82
SKU: 10061-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:66 x 53.2 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Emilie Floge, 1891 by Klimt | Paper Art Print

Emilie Floge 1891

Giclée Paper Art Print
$47.75
SKU: 10060-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:67 x 41.5 cm
Private Collection

Love, 1895 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Love 1895

Giclée Canvas Print
$57.20
SKU: 10059-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:60 x 44 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

Shrub (Stoclet Frieze), c.1905/06 by Klimt | Paper Art Print

Shrub (Stoclet Frieze) c.1905/06

Giclée Paper Art Print
$73.90
SKU: 10058-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:194 x 118 cm
MAK Museum, Vienna, Austria

Country House by the Attersee, c.1914 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Country House by the Attersee c.1914

Giclée Canvas Print
$75.99
SKU: 10057-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:110 x 110 cm
Private Collection

Fable, 1883 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Fable 1883

Giclée Canvas Print
$88.83
SKU: 10056-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:84.5 x 117 cm
Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria

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