Klimt, Gustav

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Born: Jul 14, 1862 AD
Died: 1918 AD, at 55 years of age.

Nationality: Austrian
Categories: Painters


1862 - Gustav Klimt was born as the son of a gold and silver engraver in a suburb of Vienna on July 14th. An Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of Vienna Art Nouveau movement.

1879 - He was educated at the Vienna Kunstgewerbe Art School.

1882 - Klimt opened a studio of his own with his brother Ernst and Franz Matsch, a fellow student. They specialized on executing mural paintings.

1897 - Gustav Klimt founded with other artists the Vienna Secession and became its first president. By that time Klimt had developed his own and characteristic style, which should became the trademark of the movement. Like impressionism, art nouveau was an International revolt against the traditional academic art style.

1900-1903 - Gustav Klimt worked on commissions by the Vienna University for a series of ceiling murals. For his mural works Klimt used a wide variety of media - metal, glass and ceramics.

1905 - Gustav Klimt left the Vienna Secession after quarrels and disagreements with another member, Josef Hofmann. Klimt continued his path. He went into design works for fashion and jewelry.

1908 - His best know painting "The Kiss", was first exhibited.

1918 - Died on February 6th.

2003 - In November, his "Landhaus am Attersee" sold for US$ 29,128,000.
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