Portrait of Gustav Klimt

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1862-1918

Austrian Secession Painter

Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 - February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement. His major works include paintings, murals, sketches and other art objects, many of which are on display in the Vienna Secession gallery. Klimt's primary subject is the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. His pencil drawings, which are very numerous, have been regarded by many as his greatest legacy.

Life and art
Gustav Klimt was born in Baumgarten, near Vienna, Austria, the second of seven children. His father (Ernst Klimt) was an engraver and was married to Anna Klimt (nee Finster). He lived in poverty for most of his childhood.

He was educated at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts (Kunstgewerbeschule) in the years 1879-1883, and received training as an architectural decorator. He began his professional career painting interior murals in large public buildings on the Ringstrace. Klimt was also an honorary member of the Universities of Munich and Vienna.

In 1893 Klimt was commissioned to do three paintings to decorate the ceiling of the Great Hall in the University of Vienna. His three paintings, Philosphy, Medicine and Jurisprudence were criticized for their radical themes and 'pornographic' material resulting in their not being displayed on the ceiling of the great Hall. All three paintings were eventually destroyed by retreating SS forces in May 1945. This would also be the last time Klimt accepted any public commissions to do work.

His work is distinguished by the elegant gold or coloured decoration, often phallic in shape that conceals the more erotic positions of the drawings he based many of his paintings on. This can be seen in Judith I (1901), and in The Kiss (1907-1908), and especially in Danae (1907). Art historians note an eclectic range of influences contributing to Klimt's distinct style, including Egyptian, Minoan, Classical Greek, and Byzantine inspirations. Klimt was also inspired by the engravings of Albrecht Durer, late medieval European painting, and Japanese Ukiyo-e. His works are also characterized by a rejection of earlier naturalistic styles, and the use of symbols or symbolic elements to convey psychological ideas and emphasize the "freedom" of art from traditional culture.

Klimt was one of the founding members of the Wiener Sezession (Vienna Secession) and of the periodical Ver Sacrum. He left the movement in 1908.

Klimt took annual summer holidays on the shores of Attersee and painted some of the landscapes he saw there.

He died in Vienna on February 6, 1918 of a stroke and was interred at the Hietzing Cemetery, Vienna. Numerous paintings were left unfinished.

Klimt has the distinction of being the artist with the highest selling price on a painting. Purchased for the Neue Galerie in New York by Ronald Lauder for a reported US $135 million, the 1907 portrait "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" deposed Picasso's 1905 "Boy With a Pipe" (sold May 5, 2004 for $104 million) on or around June 19, 2006.

159 Klimt Paintings

Kammer Castle at Attersee II, c.1909 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Kammer Castle at Attersee II c.1909

Oil Painting
$1900
Canvas Print
$75.70
SKU: KLG-10073
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 110 x 110 cm
Private Collection

Hygieia (detail from Medicine), c.1900/07 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Hygieia (detail from Medicine) c.1900/07

Oil Painting
$928
Canvas Print
$85.46
SKU: KLG-10074
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: unknown
Destroyed by Fire at Immendorf Palace in 1945

Serena Pulitzer Lederer, 1899 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Serena Pulitzer Lederer 1899

Oil Painting
$1069
Canvas Print
$55.79
SKU: KLG-10075
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 190.8 x 85.4 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Forest Slope in Unterach on the Attersee, 1917 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Forest Slope in Unterach on the Attersee 1917

Oil Painting
$1926
Canvas Print
$75.70
SKU: KLG-10076
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 110 x 110 cm
Private Collection

The Hostile Powers (The Beethoven Frieze), 1902 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

The Hostile Powers (The Beethoven Frieze) 1902

Canvas Print
$49.95
SKU: KLG-10077
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: unknown
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Portrait of Baroness Elizabeth Bachofen-Echt, c.1915/16 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Baroness Elizabeth Bachofen-Echt c.1915/16

Oil Painting
$1110
Canvas Print
$54.64
SKU: KLG-10078
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 180 x 126 cm
Private Collection

The Bride, 1918 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

The Bride 1918

Oil Painting
$1163
Canvas Print
$108.38
SKU: KLG-10079
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 165 x 191 cm
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Portrait of Johanna Staude, c.1917/18 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Johanna Staude c.1917/18

Oil Painting
$842
Canvas Print
$87.58
SKU: KLG-10080
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 70 x 50 cm
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

The Golden Knight (Life is a Struggle), 1903 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

The Golden Knight (Life is a Struggle) 1903

Oil Painting
$1108
Canvas Print
$75.70
SKU: KLG-10081
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 100 x 100 cm
Private Collection

The Sunflower, 1905 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

The Sunflower 1905

Oil Painting
$1830
Canvas Print
$75.70
SKU: KLG-10082
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 110 x 110 cm
Private Collection

Woman with Black Feather Hat, 1910 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Woman with Black Feather Hat 1910

Oil Painting
$912
Canvas Print
$72.66
SKU: KLG-10083
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 80 x 63 cm
Private Collection

The Auditorium of the Old Castle Theatre, 1888 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

The Auditorium of the Old Castle Theatre 1888

Oil Painting
$7597
Canvas Print
$111.58
SKU: KLG-10084
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 82 x 92 cm
Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria

Idylle, 1884 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Idylle 1884

Oil Painting
$1946
Canvas Print
$77.36
SKU: KLG-10085
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 45 x 68.7 cm
Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria

Tragedy, 1897 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Tragedy 1897

Paper Print
$47.57
SKU: KLG-10086
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 42 x 31 cm
Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria

Junius, 1896 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Junius 1896

Paper Print
$47.57
SKU: KLG-10087
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 42 x 31 cm
Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria

Lady with Hat and Feather Boa, 1909 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Lady with Hat and Feather Boa 1909

Oil Painting
$772
Canvas Print
$94.96
SKU: KLG-10088
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 69 x 55 cm
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Desire of Happiness (The Beethoven Frieze), 1902 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Desire of Happiness (The Beethoven Frieze) 1902

Oil Painting
$1140
Canvas Print
$94.88
SKU: KLG-10089
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: unknown
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Choir of Angels (The Beethoven Frieze), 1902 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Choir of Angels (The Beethoven Frieze) 1902

Oil Painting
$1318
Canvas Print
$59.87
SKU: KLG-10090
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: unknown
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Head of a Woman, 1917 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Head of a Woman 1917

Oil Painting
$692
Canvas Print
$93.89
SKU: KLG-10091
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 67 x 56 cm
Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria

Portrait of a Woman (Ria Munk), c.1917/18 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of a Woman (Ria Munk) c.1917/18

Oil Painting
$1026
Canvas Print
$62.72
SKU: KLG-10092
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 180 x 90 cm
Private Collection

Kammer Castle at Attersee III, 1910 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Kammer Castle at Attersee III 1910

Oil Painting
$1323
Canvas Print
$75.70
SKU: KLG-10093
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 110 x 110 cm
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Portrait of a Lady, c.1897 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of a Lady c.1897

Paper Print
$47.57
SKU: KLG-10094
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 51.1 x 27.7 cm
Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio, USA

Garden Landscape with Hilltop, 1916 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Garden Landscape with Hilltop 1916

Oil Painting
$1643
Canvas Print
$75.70
SKU: KLG-10095
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 110 x 110 cm
Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland

Italian Garden Landscape, 1913 by Klimt | Painting Reproduction

Italian Garden Landscape 1913

Oil Painting
$1595
Canvas Print
$75.70
SKU: KLG-10096
Gustav Klimt
Original Size: 110 x 110 cm
Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland

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