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11/10/2015

Gustav Klimt

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,[1] and his works are marked by a frank eroticism.[2] 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 by Japanese 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 was seen as an artist who was far ahead of his time, and much of the work that was produced during the Austrian born artist's career, was seen as controversial. It was criticized due to the erotic and exotic nature. Although symbolism was used in his art forms, it was not at all subtle, and it went far beyond what the imagination during the time frame accepted. Although his work was not widely accepted during his time, some of the pieces that Gustav Klimt did create during his career, are today seen as some of the most important and influential pieces to come out of Austria.
Early Life
Gustav Klimt was born in Austria in 1862. His father worked as a gold engraver, but was not very successful in his trade; for this reason, the family did not live a great life, and Klimt was raised in poverty stricken areas, with very little as a young child. In 1876, when he was 14 years old, Klimt enrolled in the Vienna Public Arts Schools; he was noticed right away for the talent and the art forms he created. Because of this, he received his first commission to create art for public viewing, while he was studying.
Early Works
During the 1880s, Gustav Klimt, his brother Ernst, and Franz Matsch, begin a productive cooperation. They begin to do work in theaters, in churches, and public work in museums; many of the pieces which they created, were ordered by patrons who frequented the locations which they created works for. During this time, Gustav Klimt also created a piece for the Burg Theater, as well as the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which is located in Vienna. The Allegories collection that he submits, is seen as a creative, and timeless piece; because of the work, he is commissioned to do a second piece for the museum. In this second collection, the style which includes gold paint, abstract space in the art, and exotic symbolism of the female figure, is a prominent style, which he sticks with for future pieces that he creates.

External links Gustav Klimt Paintings

 

 

gustav klimt the virgin painting 11751

gustav klimt the virgin painting 11751

gustav klimt portrait of adele bloch bauer painting 21527

gustav klimt portrait of adele bloch bauer painting 21527

gustav klimt the three ages of woman painting 23653

gustav klimt the three ages of woman painting 23653

gustav klimt water castle painting 24259

gustav klimt water castle painting 24259

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Beethoven Frieze (detail)

Beethoven Frieze (detail)

The Kiss

The Kiss

Avenue of Schloss Kammer Park

Avenue of Schloss Kammer Park

gustav klimt the embrace (detail square) painting 23040

gustav klimt the embrace (detail square) painting 23040

gustav klimt tree of life painting 11757

gustav klimt tree of life painting 11757

Three Ages of Woman - Mother and Child (detail III)

Three Ages of Woman - Mother and Child (detail III)

two girls with an oleander

two girls with an oleander

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

Church in Cassone

Church in Cassone

Forest of Beech Trees

Forest of Beech Trees

gustav klimt three ages of woman mother and child (detail ii) painting 23762

gustav klimt three ages of woman mother and child (detail ii) painting 23762

lady with fan

lady with fan

Sea Serpents III (detail)

Sea Serpents III (detail)

Entirety of Beethoven Frieze left4

Entirety of Beethoven Frieze left4

gustav klimt expectation painting 11717

gustav klimt expectation painting 11717

Entirety of Beethoven Frieze left1

Entirety of Beethoven Frieze left1

gustav klimt the virgins (le vergini) painting 23695

gustav klimt the virgins (le vergini) painting 23695

Klimt Sappho

Klimt Sappho

Schloss Kammer Am Attersee II

Schloss Kammer Am Attersee II

Allee im Park von Schloss Kammer

Allee im Park von Schloss Kammer

gustav klimt old woman painting 11731

gustav klimt old woman painting 11731

gustav klimt schloss unterach on the attersee painting 22024

gustav klimt schloss unterach on the attersee painting 22024

The Virgins (Le Vergini)

The Virgins (Le Vergini)

Country Garden with Sunflowers

Country Garden with Sunflowers

Fulfillment_One of the Kiss Panels

Fulfillment_One of the Kiss Panels

gustav klimt garden path with chickens painting 19257

gustav klimt garden path with chickens painting 19257

gustav klimt women friends painting 24454

gustav klimt women friends painting 24454

Schloss Kammer on the Attersee

Schloss Kammer on the Attersee

Death and Life

Death and Life

gustav klimt adam and eve painting 17010

gustav klimt adam and eve painting 17010

gustav klimt lady with hat and feather boa painting 20198

gustav klimt lady with hat and feather boa painting 20198

gustav klimt the kiss full view painting 11745

gustav klimt the kiss full view painting 11745

gustav klimt the tall poplar trees painting 11750

gustav klimt the tall poplar trees painting 11750

Tannenwald

Tannenwald

two girls with an oleander detail

two girls with an oleander detail

Entirety of Beethoven Frieze left8

Entirety of Beethoven Frieze left8

gustav klimt church in cassone painting 11715

gustav klimt church in cassone painting 11715

gustav klimt irrlichter (will o the wisps) painting 19933

gustav klimt irrlichter (will o the wisps) painting 19933

Schubert at the Piano

Schubert at the Piano

gustav klimt portrait of margaret stonborough wittgenstei painting 21559

gustav klimt portrait of margaret stonborough wittgenstei painting 21559