Gustav Klimt was born on July 14, 1862 in Baumgarten, Austrian Empire. Died February 6, 1918 (age 55)
He died in Vienna. Gustav Klimt (14 July 1862 - 6 February 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter. He was one of the most important members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches and other objects. Gustav Klimt's work themes are often the female body and eroticism. In addition to such works, he also drew landscape works. Like Van Gogh, Klimt was heavily influenced by Japanese art and methods.
Gustav Klimt Early Studies
In the early stages of his artistic career, he worked on traditional architectural decoration. Personal development continued with these studies. His paintings for the ceiling of the great hall of the University of Vienna in 1900 received pornographic criticism. Three paintings, Philosophy, Medicine and Law, which were not completed until the turn of the century, were criticized and called "pornographic" for their radical themes and materials. Then again the public commission did not accept it. In fact, Gustav Klimt had transformed traditional drawing into a new language that was sexual and, for some, offensive.
The Vienna Years, Gustav Klimt Paintings
Gustav Klimt became one of the founding members of the Wiener Secession in 1897. He remained a member of the Secession until 1908. The goals of this group of artists were to give exhibitions to non-traditional young artists, to bring the works of the best foreign artists to Vienna and to publish their own magazine to showcase the work of the members. The Vienna Secession did not proclaim any manifesto or promote any style. Naturalists, Realists, Classicists, and Symbolists all coexisted. The Austro-Hungarian Empire supported their efforts and allocated public land to set up an exhibition hall. The symbol of the group was the work Klimio drew in his radical version in 1898, simply called Pallas Athena, the Greek goddess of causes, wisdom, and the arts.
In his mature work, Klimt did not limit himself to public commissions. From the early 1900s on the shores of the Attersee, Flöge went on a summer vacation with his family. He painted most of his landscape works there, except for the Symbolized Art Movement. These works are also very impressive. It is believed that Klimt had them painted using a telescope.
Gustav Klimt Famous Paintings
Death and Life, painted by Klimt in 1911, was sold at a New York gallery in 2006 for $135 million. It was awarded the first prize at a world-class exhibition in Rome. In 1915, Anna's mother died. Gustav Klimt died three years later, on February 6, 1918, in Vienna. He suffered from paralysis and pneumonia due to the flu epidemic. Many paintings remained unfinished due to his early death.