Gustav Klimt
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Gustav Klimt

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Birthday
14, 1862
Birthplace
Vienna, Austria
Death Date
Feb 6, 1918 (55)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
14, 1862
Birthplace
Vienna, Austria
Death Date
Feb 6, 1918 (55)

About

Symbolist painter best known for "The Kiss" and other erotic, passionate works. He was particularly focused on the female body and became one of the foremost proponents of the Vienna Secession movement.

Before Fame

He attended the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, where he studied architectural painting. He graduated in 1883. He was profoundly influenced by Vienna's legendary history painter Hans Makart.

Trivia

He was awarded the 1888 Golden Order of Merit for his painting of murals in Vienna's Burgtheater.

Family Life

He was one of seven children born to Anna Finster Klimt and the gold engraver, Ernst Klimt the Elder. He was in a long-term partnership with Emilie Louise Flöge, but historians were uncertain if their relationship was actually sexual. He fathered 14 children by a variety of women.

Associated With

He was influenced by Vincent Van Gogh.