The Vienna Secession - itself a masterpiece of Art Nouveau - displays the famous "Beethoven Frieze" at the very spot where it was first presented to the public.
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 world.
The painter Gustav Klimt was born on 14 July 1862 in Baumgarten, a part of today's 14th district in Vienna. He is considered the main figure of Austria’s Art Nouveau.
From 1897 to 1905 Gustav Klimt was president of the Secession Vienna, of which he was also co-founder. His pictures, painted with unobtrusive colours full of symbolic power, are a combination of two-dimensional, mosaic-like elements and Art Nouveau ornaments. According to Klimt himself, who never painted self-portraits, he preferred to paint people - “especially women” - in mostly erotic forms. From his paintings, the viewer "should seek to recognize what I am and what I want.”
Gustav Klimt died on 6 February 1918 in Vienna.