Gustav Klimt born in Vienna, Austria and know for his “symbolist painting” style. He is most well know for painting the female form. A notable and also comical moment in his career was his commission at the University of Vienna. After creating three pieces they were heavily criticized and referred to as “pornographic”. This became the last public commission Klimt would ever do, he also returned the fee for the paintings. The works were later praised but Klimt was done doing public commissions.
Also interesting about Klimt is how his bachelor life matched his preference for painting women as the primary subject of his art. He fathered over 10 children in this time! Klimt was not shy by any means. He is most known for his ability to draw the human form and capturing a moment or feeling through a single line. We see how relentless Klimt’s creative process was when looking at his many sketches to perfect his figures. With this process and Klimt’s use of symbolism the result is some of the most thought provoking art of this time period.
Birth: July 14th, 1862
Death: February 6th, 1918