Gustav Klimt was born on July 14, 1862 in Baumgarten, Austria. He was one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession Movement.
Gustav is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and onsets d'art. Klimt's primary subject was the female body. His works are marked by a frank eroticism, but not here!
He started out painting architectural elements on buildings. He later painting the ceiling of the Great Hall at the University of Vienna and critics were aghast at its pornographic elements.
He became so upset that he never accepted another public commission.
Luckily his next phase was his golden period, where he applied 24 carat gold leaf to his paintings. His father was a gold engraver and he was familiar with gold leaf techniques. These met with much success and are still admired today.
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