Life of Gustav Klimt

Artist Gustav Klimt was born in Baumgarten, Austrian Empire on July 14, 1862. Klimt was influential in the Vienna Secession movement and devoted his life to his work, with a particular interest in painting the female body. Klimt's most famous work is his piece The Kiss (Lovers) which he finished in 1908 during his "Golden Period". This period was named as such because many of his works included gold leaf and were primarily painted in the color gold. Klimt was a controverisal artist who pushed the boundaries and even made the public feel uncomfortable at times with his erotic pieces. His depictions of the naked female body are very reminiscent of Renaissance period artwork. Image source:

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14 Jul 1862 to 6 Feb 1918