• Orchard with Roses Gustav Klimt 1912

    Gustav Klimt loved art, women and Lake Attersee

    On the shores of Lake Attersee in the Salzkammergut region, Gustav Klimt found the peace and inspiration he sought for his work. Impressive landscape paintings, in which his enthusiasm for the floral colourfulness of nature can be seen, were created there.

    Lake Attersee: a source of inspiration

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      Kammer Castle on Lake Attersee

      The Kammer Castle was a favorite subject of Klimt's paintings. He painted the lakeside facade with the help of a telescope from the opposite shore. On display in the Orangery in the Lower Belvedere in Vienna.
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      Alley to the Kammer Castle

      Klimt also chose a square cutout for the avenue of gnarled trees. This deliberately cuts off the treetops. A refined artistic freedom. On dispaly at the Upper Belvedere in Vienna.
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      Forester's house in Weißenbach am Attersee

      This country house felt like a retreat for Klimt in the summer of 1914. The colourful splendour of the flowers reveals Klimt's passion for all things blooming. To be marveled at in the Upper Belvedere in Vienna.

    Uncountable number of colours and colour sounds radiate billions of flowers at the same time with lime or spicy, sweet or tart fragrances.

    Gustav Klimt
    Trittboot am Attersee

    European Capital of Culture 2024 Bad Ischl Salzkammergut

    The Attersee

    Painters, composers and literary figures were inspired by the beauty of nature and the atmosphere at Lake Attersee. The Attersee Villas, where painter Gustav Klimt, composer Gustav Mahler and writer Heimito von Doderer spent their summer holidays, still bear witness to a glorious past: The villas Orléans and Ransonnet became the hotels Villa Weiss and Grafengut, the Villa Paulick offers guided tours and the Villa Polese, a private residence, repeatedly opens its doors for readings.

    In 2024, the cultural capital of Bad Ischl and the Salzkammergut will showcase its cultural diversity under the motto "Culture is the new salt". New impulses for the future are in focus, so is the diversity of historically rooted and contemporary art and culture.

    To the program of the Capital of Culture 2024
    Studio Klimt villa

    Experience Klimt


    Gustav Klimt: Artist and personality

    He loved art, life and women: The painter Gustav Klimt was not only one of the most important representatives of Art Nouveau and co-founder of the Vienna Secession, but also a true man of pleasure.

    Born in 1862, in Baumgarten bei Wien, he started his career with history paintings. Starting around 1890, he developed his distinct expressionistic style with typically shaped ornaments.

    In 1897, he left the Künstlerhaus and co-founded the Viennese Secession – as a challenge to the state’s restrictions on artistic expression. Klimt’s penchant for enjoying the finer things in life is legendary and found its expression among other things in opulent dinner parties. His numerous affairs with ladies of high society are still the subject of much speculation today. In the last years of his life, he became particularly sensitive to the sensual power of nature. He painted deserted landscapes in which time seems to stand still. They are pictures of an earthly paradise in the eternal summer. He died in Vienna on February 6, 1918.

    Those who come to Austria to admire Klimt's works also get to see architecture at its finest - whether in the modern Leopold Museum, in the Vienna Secession or in the imperial halls of the Upper Belvedere. A special gem is the Klimt Villa in Vienna-Hietzing, whose garden house the painter used as a studio and workshop during his last creative period.

    Interesting facts about Gustav Klimt

    • When did the painter Gustav Klimt live?

      Gustav Klimt was an important Austrian painter, the most famous representative of Viennese Art Nouveau and the founding president of the Vienna Secession.

      He was born on July 14, 1862 in Baumgarten in today's 14th district in Vienna and died on February 6, 1918 in the 9th district in Vienna.

    • Which paintings are among Klimt's major works?

      The painter Gustav Klimt loved art, life and women. Emilie Flöge was undoubtedly the most important partner in Gustav Klimt's life and a woman who met the freedom-loving artist at eye level.

      • Lady with a Purple Scarf (1895)
      • Pallas Athena (1898)
      • Portrait of Sonja Knips (1898)
      • Nuda Veritas (1899)
      • Judith I (1901)
      • Beethoven Frieze (1902)
      • Portrait of Emilie Louise Flöge (1902)
      • Portrait of Gertrud Löw (1902)
      • Water snakes I (1904-1907)
      • Portrait of Margarethe Stonborough-Wittgenstein (1905)
      • The three ages of a woman (1905)
      • Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907)
      • Danae (1907)
      • The Kiss (1908-1909)
      • Judith II (1909)
      • The Embrace (1909)
      • Path in the park of Kammer Castle (1912)
      • Apple Tree I (1912)
    • Which pictures did Gustav Klimt paint at Lake Attersee?

      Gustav Klimt spent his annual summer holiday at the Attersee and painted about 50 of his landscape paintings there. These include:

      • Path in the park of Kammer Castle
      • Church in Unterach am Attersee
      • Avenue leading to Kammer Castle
      • Forester's lodge in Weißenbach am Attersee
    • Where did Gustav Klimt live at the Attersee?

      Gustav Klimt was a guest at the Villa Paulick in Seewalchen for about 16 summers starting in 1900. The villa is named after its builder, the imperial and royal master carpenter Friedrich Paulick. Court master carpenter Friedrich Paulick, and in its semi-darkness one still feels transported to the imperial era.

      Klimt spent the summer of 1914 in the forester's lodge in Weißenbach at the southern end of Lake Attersee. He captured his holiday home in two paintings.

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      Emilie Flöge: Fashion designer and life partner

      Experts believe that Klimt's most famous work shows him himself with his Emilie.
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      Sonja Knips: Promoter of fine arts

      The commissioned work is considered a breakthrough for the then 27-year-old artist.
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      Amalie Zuckerkandl: doctor's wife and friend

      The portrait of Klimt's friend remained unfinished due to the painter's death in 1918.
    Klimt roses - rose garden propagation Klimt villa

    The rose as a symbol of passion

    Lover and admirer of women

    “With a woman who is in love, one can do anything she wants,” is a thought-provoking quote from one of the most illustrious Austrian painters ever, the Art Nouveau artist Gustav Klimt. He knew how to capture attention, both with his art as well as his unique personality and savoir-vivre. How the painter, who preferred to spend his days dressed in a blue shift, won over so many hearts remains his secret. One can safely assume that the rose, queen of all flowers, might have played an important role not only in his paintings, but also in his courtship. Like no other flower, the rose signals love and passion - a promise the sensual artist could not withstand.

    Klimt loved and admired women, and although he was never married, he had seven children with several women. Aside from his passionate affair with his muse Emilie Flöge, his “affaires d’amour” with the 19 year-old Alma Schindler (who later became Alma Mahler-Werfel) as well as numerous models such as Maria Ucicky and Marie (Mizzi) Zimmermann, are well known. His relationship with the emancipated fashion designer Emilie Flöge, however, lasted his entire life. She seems to have been his “Lebensmensch”.



    Gustav Klimt

    Gustav Klimt loved good food - and liked to go overboard. According to fellow artists, "he took his sumptuous meals with obvious pleasure, always two to three portions of each dish, and if he was invited to friends' houses, two more plates were always provided for Klimt." The artist often took his breakfast at the Meierei Tivoli near Schönbrunn Palace Park, with coffee, Gugelhupf, and whipped cream; in the evening he liked to choose a Girardi roast or veal sweetbread à la Tegetthoff. In Vienna's restaurants and cafés, it is easy to see why the bon vivant held these timeless classics in such high esteem.

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