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Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862-Feb. 6, 1918); Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d'art, Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism....

Early in his artistic career, he was a successful painter of architectural decorations in a conventional manner. As he developed a more personal style, his work was the subject of controversy that culminated when the paintings he completed around 1900 for the ceiling of the Great Hall of the University of Vienna were criticized as pornographic. He subsequently accepted no more public commissions, but achieved a new success with the paintings of his "golden phase," many of which include gold leaf. His work was an important influence on his younger contemporary Egon Schiele.

...As he worked and relaxed in his home, Klimt normally wore sandals and a long robe with no undergarments. His simple life was somewhat cloistered, devoted to his art, family, and little else... He avoided café society and seldom socialized with other artists. His fame usually brought patrons to his door and he could afford to be highly selective. His painting method was very deliberate and painstaking at times and he required lengthy sittings by his subjects. Although very active sexually, he kept his affairs discreet and he avoided personal scandal.

... Klimt died in Vienna on Feb. 6, 1918, having suffered a stroke and pneumonia due to the worldwide influenza epidemic of that year. (

Klimt was Vienna’s most renowned advocator of Art Nouveau, or, as the style was known in Germany, Jugendstil. He is remembered as one of the greatest decorative painters of the 20th c. and he also produced one of the century’s most significant bodies of erotic art.
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