Portrait of Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt Giclée Art Prints Gallery 1 of 7

1862-1918

Austrian Secession Painter

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. His work is known for its intricate patterns, sensuality, and symbolism.

Klimt was born on July 14, 1862, in Baumgarten, near Vienna, Austria. He was the second of seven children in a working-class family. His father, Ernst Klimt, was a gold engraver, and his mother, Anna Klimt, was musically talented. Klimt's artistic talent was evident from an early age, and he received a scholarship to attend the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts (Kunstgewerbeschule) in 1876.

At the school, Klimt studied architectural painting under Ferdinand Laufberger and later under Julius Viktor Berger. In 1883, he formed the "Company of Artists" with his brother Ernst Klimt and their friend Franz Matsch. The group received numerous commissions for murals and other decorative works in public buildings, including the Burgtheater and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

In 1897, Klimt co-founded the Vienna Secession, an art movement that sought to break away from the conservative academic art establishment. As the first president of the Secession, Klimt played a significant role in shaping the group's exhibitions and publications. The movement's motto, "To every age its art, to every art its freedom," reflected its commitment to artistic innovation and freedom of expression.

Klimt's style evolved over time, moving from a more academic approach to a highly decorative and symbolist style. His "golden phase," which began around 1900, is characterized by the extensive use of gold leaf and intricate patterns. Some of his most famous works from this period include "The Kiss" (1907-1908), "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" (1907), and "The Tree of Life" (1909).

Klimt's work often explored themes of love, desire, and the human experience. His paintings were sometimes controversial due to their eroticism, and he faced criticism from conservative critics. Despite this, Klimt remained a highly influential figure in the art world, and his work continues to be celebrated today.

In his later years, Klimt focused more on landscapes and portraits, often using a more subdued color palette. He continued to work until his death on February 6, 1918, due to complications from a stroke and pneumonia. Klimt's influence can be seen in the work of many artists who followed, including his protégé Egon Schiele and the Austrian painter Oskar Kokoschka.

149 Klimt Paintings

Seated Young Girl, 1894 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Seated Young Girl 1894

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.53
SKU: 19089-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:140 x 96 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

The Black Bull, 1900 by Klimt | Canvas Print

The Black Bull 1900

Giclée Canvas Print
$73.63
SKU: 19088-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:90 x 89.5 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Mermaids (Detail) , c.1899 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Mermaids (Detail) c.1899

Giclée Canvas Print
$73.63
SKU: 16488-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:60 x 44 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of a Young Woman, c.1916/17 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Portrait of a Young Woman c.1916/17

Giclée Canvas Print
$59.57
SKU: 12215-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:60 x 49 cm
Galleria d'arte moderna, Piacenza, Italy

Poetry (The Beethoven Frieze), 1902 by Klimt | Canvas Print

Poetry (The Beethoven Frieze) 1902

Giclée Canvas Print
$62.25
SKU: 12214-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:unknown
Public Collection

Poster for the first art exhibition of the Secession Art Movement, 1898 by Klimt | Paper Art Print
SKU: 12213-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:unknown
Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria

Detail from The Hostile Powers (The Beethoven Frieze), 1902 by Klimt | Canvas Print
SKU: 12212-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:unknown
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

The Knight in Shining Armor (The Beethoven Frieze), 1902 by Klimt | Canvas Print
SKU: 12211-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:unknown
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Right-Hand Portion (Stoclet Frieze), c.1905/06 by Klimt | Paper Art Print
SKU: 12210-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:198 x 103 cm
MAK Museum, Vienna, Austria

The Knight (Stoclet Frieze), c.1905/06 by Klimt | Paper Art Print

The Knight (Stoclet Frieze) c.1905/06

Giclée Paper Art Print
$52.33
SKU: 12209-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:unknown
MAK Museum, Vienna, Austria

Left-Hand Edge (Stoclet Frieze), c.1905/06 by Klimt | Paper Art Print

Left-Hand Edge (Stoclet Frieze) c.1905/06

Giclée Paper Art Print
$56.11
SKU: 12208-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:197 x 115 cm
MAK Museum, Vienna, Austria

Left-Hand Portion (Stoclet Frieze), c.1905/06 by Klimt | Paper Art Print
SKU: 12207-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:197 x 105 cm
MAK Museum, Vienna, Austria

Right-Hand Edge (Stoclet Frieze), c.1905/06 by Klimt | Paper Art Print

Right-Hand Edge (Stoclet Frieze) c.1905/06

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.26
SKU: 12206-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:194 x 120 cm
MAK Museum, Vienna, Austria

Desire of Happiness (The Beethoven Frieze), 1902 by Klimt | Canvas Print
SKU: 11906-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:unknown
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

The Tree of Life - Stoclet Frieze, c.1905/06 by Klimt | Paper Art Print

The Tree of Life - Stoclet Frieze c.1905/06

Giclée Paper Art Print
$67.97
SKU: 10564-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:unknown
MAK Museum, Vienna, Austria

Reclining Female Nude, c.1914/15 by Klimt | Paper Art Print

Reclining Female Nude c.1914/15

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.26
SKU: 10145-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:37.2 x 56.8 cm
Private Collection

Standing Female Nude, c.1907 by Klimt | Paper Art Print

Standing Female Nude c.1907

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.26
SKU: 10144-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:56 x 37 cm
Private Collection

Bust of a Lady, c.1917 by Klimt | Paper Art Print

Bust of a Lady c.1917

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.26
SKU: 10143-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:50 x 32.2 cm
Private Collection

Reclining Semi-Nude with Spread Legs, c.1917/18 by Klimt | Paper Art Print
SKU: 10142-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:56.5 x 37.2 cm
Private Collection

Nude with Long Hair and Forward Leaning Torso, c.1907 by Klimt | Paper Art Print
SKU: 10141-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:56.2 x 37.3 cm
Private Collection

Reclining Semi-Nude, 1913 by Klimt | Paper Art Print

Reclining Semi-Nude 1913

Giclée Paper Art Print
$48.33
SKU: 10140-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:37.1 x 56.2 cm
Private Collection

Female Bust in Profile, c.1916 by Klimt | Paper Art Print

Female Bust in Profile c.1916

Giclée Paper Art Print
$49.58
SKU: 10139-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:57.2 x 37.4 cm
Private Collection

Seated Girl in Shadow, Undated by Klimt | Paper Art Print

Seated Girl in Shadow Undated

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.26
SKU: 10138-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:44.5 x 31.8 cm
Private Collection

Standing Nude Girl Looking Up, Undated by Klimt | Paper Art Print

Standing Nude Girl Looking Up Undated

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.26
SKU: 10137-KLG
Gustav Klimt
Original Size:44.5 x 31.8 cm
Private Collection

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