Gustav Klimt: Celebrating an Austrian Symbolist Painter and Vienna Secession Pioneer
Gustav Klimt (14 July 1862 – 6 February 1918) is an iconic figure in art history, known for his role in the Vienna Secession movement. As an Austrian symbolist painter, Klimt’s brilliance shone through captivating paintings, murals, sketches, and objets d’art.
His muse was the female form, exuding an unapologetic eroticism that left a lasting mark on the art world. His portfolio includes figurative works, allegories, portraits, and mesmerizing landscapes.
Influenced by Japanese art, Gustav’s infused his work with unique cultural elements. Controversy arose around his paintings for the University of Vienna’s Great Hall, but his “golden phase” brought renewed success with gold leaf-adorned masterpieces.
Klimt’s impact extended to younger artists like Egon Schiele from the Vienna Secession movement. His paintings have commanded top prices at auctions since the 1990s.
Gustav Klimt’s legacy endures as a testament to his genius. His works continue to captivate art enthusiasts, securing his lasting influence.
After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art opens at the National Gallery this week featuring 97 works – 32% of which are from private collections so are rarely seen, this and the fact that the exhibition features some of the most important works of art created between 1886 and around 1914 make this a must-see exhibition.
A major new exhibition of around a hundred paintings and sculptures by artists such as Cezanne, Van Gogh, Rodin, Picasso, Matisse, Klimt, Käthe Kollwitz, Sonia Delaunay, Kandinsky and Mondrian opens at the National Gallery next March.
2018 marks the centenary of the deaths of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Egon Schiele (1890-1918). Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna, will be the first exhibition in the UK to focus on the fundamental importance of drawing for both artists.