Today is the birthday of the Austrian Symbolist artist Gustave Klimt (b. 1862 – 1918). Klimt was one of the main members of the Secession movement.
He studied in the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts until 1883 and then studied architectural painting and began his career painting Friezes and ceilings in public buildings in Vienna.
He received the Golden Order of Merit from Emperor Franz Josef 1 Austria 1888. His main subject was the female body and he is very famous for his sumptuous use of gold leaf in his work (which is known as his Golden period). He was very much influenced by the mosaics he saw on his travels to Italy, and also fashion, which I think shows in his work. A wonderful account of this interesting artist’s life story can be read here. For an interpretation of his most famous work ‘The Kiss’ and more details about Klimt, read my post ‘Behind the Paint by Gustave Klimt’
Family authorised website here