Gustav Klimt

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

Klimt, Gustav

(go͝os`täf klĭmt), 1862–1918, Austrian painter. He cofounded the Vienna Secession group, an alliance against 19th-century eclecticism in art, and in 1897 became its first president. In the following decade Klimt became the foremost painter of art nouveauart nouveau
, decorative-art movement centered in Western Europe. It began in the 1880s as a reaction against the historical emphasis of mid-19th-century art, but did not survive World War I.
..... Click the link for more information.
 in Vienna. He created many murals for public buildings, e.g., the frieze for the Palais Stoclet, Brussels (1908). Klimt achieved his greatest fame as a portrait and landscape painter of exotic and erotic sensibility. Delineating symbolic themes with extravagant rhythms, Klimt was the quintessential exponent of art nouveau. The Museum of Modern Art and the Neue Galerie, both in New York City, own outstanding examples of his work.


See his catalogue raisonné by F. Novotny and J. Dobai (tr. 1969); C. B. Bailey, Gustav Klimt: Modernism in the Making (2001); S. Koja, ed., Gustav Klimt: Landscapes (2002); M. Bisanz-Prakken, Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line (2012).

Klimt, Gustav


Born July 14, 1862, in Vienna; died there Feb. 6, 1918. Austrian painter.

Klimt studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Vienna from 1875 to 1883. A founder of the Vienna Sezession (1897), he served as its president until 1905. In the style of art nouveau, Klimt painted symbolist compositions, portraits, and landscapes. He subordinated flat images to a refined decorative rhythm and to a fractured pattern of small patches of color (panel for the Vienna Burgtheater, 1888; Portrait of A. Bloch-Bauer, 1907, Austrian Gallery of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Vienna).


Pirchan, E. Gustav Klimt. Vienna [1956].
References in periodicals archive ?
In 1876, when Gustav Klimt was 14 he joined the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts to study art.
That the Belvedere and thus the Republic of Austria have received two new paintings by this great artist during the Gustav Klimt Anniversary Year is the most wonderful birthday present for us and for art lovers around the globe.
More works by Gustav Klimt will be on display in Vienna in 2012 than ever before: from his decoration work in the Burgtheater and the Kunsthistorisches Museum to his largely unknown drawings and world-renowned paintings like 'The Kiss'," Vienna's tourism board has already advertised.
BEIRUT: Austrian painter Gustav Klimt was known for his admiration of Asian arts and its exotic-looking textiles, as well as its women.
THE ARTISTS RENOWNED artist Gustav Klimt was born in 1862 and found fame as a symbolist artist and as one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement.
He will compare various gardens to works by artists including Childe Hassam, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Raoul Dufy and Gustav Klimt.
His favorite painter is Gustav Klimt, a 20th century Austrian artist and one of the co-founders of the Vienna Secession, a movement that rebelled against the status quo Academy of Fine Arts system.
John Malkovich plays the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, whose provocative paintings made him a star in Paris but an embarrassment back home.
On a painting by Gustav Klimt,--Adele Bloch-Bauer--1907
If you're going to go all out and put the f in "artsy" -- which is pretty much what Chilean filmmaker Raul Ruiz ("Time Regained") has dedicated his life to doing -- you could hardly choose a better subject than the decorative Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.
And I love artists Gustav Klimt [and] John Singer Sargent.
Maria Altmann's struggle to recover five Gustav Klimt paintings stolen from her family by the Nazis in Vienna, and how one of the pieces became the most expensive work ever sold.