- Born: 14. July 1862 in Baumgarten
Klimt studied at the Vienna School of Applied Arts and then worked as a freelance painter. In the early years of his career, he mainly created murals and ceiling frescoes for public buildings and churches. From the 1890s, however, he concentrated on painting on canvas, creating works of impressive beauty and originality.
In 1886 he began to do decorative work for the Burgtheater in Vienna. As a sought-after and popular salon painter, in 1897 he took over the direction of the Vienna Secession, whose artists contributed decisively to the shaping of Art Nouveau. In the field of utilitarian design, Klimt also exerted a strong influence on the Wiener Werkstätten, founded in 1903 by Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. His two-dimensional style, in which figurative and ornamental elements combined to create refined decorative-sensual effects, reached its peak in the universally admired erotic depictions of women. For Klimt the world appeared "in female form".
Klimt's unique painting style is characterized by decorative, ornamental elements and an attention to detail. He often used gold and silver colors as well as precious stones and pearls in his works, creating paintings that looked almost like jewelry. His subjects were mostly female nudes, portraits and landscapes, which he interpreted and stylized in his own way.
Klimt's works from his "Golden Period," which lasted from 1899 to 1910, are particularly well known. During this period he created some of his most famous works, including "The Kiss," "Judith I," and "Adele Bloch-Bauer I." These works are notable for their opulent use of gold and ornamentation, as well as their depiction of women, often referred to as "Klimt women."
Klimt's art historical significance cannot be overstated. He is considered a pioneer of Art Nouveau and had a significant influence on the art of the early 20th century. His unique painting style not only inspired other artists, but also influenced numerous art movements, including Symbolism and Art Nouveau.
To our knowledge the art works on this page were created in the years from 1820 to 1918.
Gustav Klimt uses for the pictures shown here mostly the technique: Huile sur toile.
The pictures are predominantly assigned to the art direction Art Nouveau.
Gustav Klimt was mainly concerned with the following motives: Portrait.
The art works of the artist are dominated by the colors black, brown and gray.
5 works of the artist Gustav Klimt can be found here: Österreichische Galerie, Wien, Österreich.