Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement. His major works include paintings, murals, sketches and other art objects, many of which are on display in the Vienna Secession gallery. Klimt’s primary subject is the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. His pencil drawings, which are very numerous, have been regarded by many as his greatest legacy.

AutumnKlimt took annual summer holidays on the shores of Attersee and painted some of the landscapes he saw there.


  • Klimt’s work had a clear influence on the paintings of Egon Schiele.
  • In November of 2003, Klimt’s Landhaus am Attersee sold for 29,128,000 dollars.
  • Raoul Ruiz directed a biopic, Klimt, starring John Malkovich in the title role. The movie got its world premiere at the
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam on Saturday 2006-01-28.
  • Modifications of his work featuring main characters appear in the anime series Elfen Lied.
  • National Public Radio reported on January 17, 2006 that “The Austrian National Gallery is being compelled by a national arbitration board to return five paintings by Gustav Klimt to a Los Angeles woman, the heir of a Jewish family that had its art stolen by the Nazis. The paintings are estimated to be worth at least 150 million dollars.”
  • The Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano has cited Klimt as an influence.
Gustav Klimt
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