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Klimt, Gustav Biography

(1862-1918)

Was the principal Austrian Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) painter, and one of the founders of the ViennaSezession (1898), although he resigned in 1903. He was essentially a decorator and, from 1883 to 1892, he shared a studio for decorative painting with his brother and another artist: they worked in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, in 1891. From 1898, after a barren period of about six years, he was influenced by Japanese art and by contemporary English painters like Burne-Jones and Alma-Tadema. A more realist style characterized his ceilings for Vienna University (1900-1903), which were very unpopular. Gustav Klimt was perhaps most successful as a designer for the applied arts (e.g. mosaic), but he was also a great influence on Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.

Gustav Klimt’s famous oil paintings include:

  • The Kiss
  • Portrait of Emile Floge
  • Avenue in the Park of Schloss Kammer
  • Portrait of Mada Primavesi
  • Death and Life
  • Church at Cassone
  • Portrait of Baroness Elisabeth Bachofen-Echt
  • The Dancer
  • Fulfilment
  • Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
  • The Girlfriends
  • The Maiden
  • Goldfish
  • Farm Garden with Sunflowers
  • Danae
  • Beech Forest I
  • Idyll

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