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Gustav Klimt

He was the speaker and organiser of the Jugendstil art movement and promoter of young, up-and-coming talent. He created some of the most renowned Art Nouveau paintings, including a kiss that would be famous the world over.

Gustav Klimt's life and work

Beethovenfries Klimt © Österreich Werbung - Trumler Beethovenfries Klimt © Österreich Werbung - Trumler

Gustav Klimt - His Life

As one of the leading figures of fin-de-siècle Vienna, Gustav Klimt created a body of works that made him what he is today: the most famous Austrian painter in the entire world.
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Gustav Klimt exhibition in Vienna © Wien Tourismus / Peter Rigaud Gustav Klimt exhibition in Vienna © Wien Tourismus / Peter Rigaud

Gustav Klimt - His Work

Equally controversial and successful in his day, Gustav Klimt was one of the central figures of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the epoch that marked the beginning of Modernism.
The Great Klimts
Klimt "The Kiss" © Osterreich Werbung, Bartl Klimt "The Kiss" © Osterreich Werbung, Bartl

Gustav Klimt - The Kiss

In 1907 Gustav Klimt began work on The Kiss, the most famous work of his entire oeuvre, as well as the culmination of the European Jugendstil movement.
The Kiss or The Triumph of Love
Beethovenfries, Vienna Secession © Österreich Werbung/Trumler Beethovenfries, Vienna Secession © Österreich Werbung/Trumler

Gustav Klimt - Anecdotes

There are stories about most artists that move or amuse generation upon generation of followers. Have fun reading our selection of Gustav Klimt anecdotes.
A True Character
Gustav Klimt, Medizin (Detail: Hygieia), 1900/07 © Belvedere, Wien Gustav Klimt, Medizin (Detail: Hygieia), 1900/07 © Belvedere, Wien

Gustav Klimt - Women

With the exception of his early works, Gustav Klimt painted portraits only of women. These paintings, along with his drawings, show him to be one of the greatest masters of eroticism in the history of art.
“…because I fear and respect true love.”
Klimt Villa by the Attersee © Österreich Werbung/Wiesenhofer Klimt Villa by the Attersee © Österreich Werbung/Wiesenhofer

Gustav Klimt - Landscape Painting

The landscapes he painted during the many summer holidays he spent on Attersee show that Gustav Klimt was in equal measure receptive to contemporary trends and deeply rooted in the tradition of Austrian landscape painting.
Natural Inspiration

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