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Gustav Klimt: An icon of fin-de-siècle art

Gustav Klimt: An icon of fin-de-siècle art

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Gustav Klimt: An icon of fin-de-siècle art

47 pages
14 minutes
Nov 26, 2018


Keen to learn but short on time? Find out everything you need to know about the life and work of Gustav Klimt in just 50 minutes with this straightforward and engaging guide!

Gustav Klimt was one of the most influential artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and helped to revolutionise art in his native Austria through his leading role in the Viennese Secession movement. Works such as The Kiss are instantly recognisable due to their use of gold leaf; along with elements such as the use of mosaics, the incorporation of allegory into his work and the overt sensuality of his female figures, this helped to inaugurate a new, less conventional style of art in Europe. Although some of Klimt’s work caused a scandal and was dismissed as “pornographic” when it was first produced, his paintings were lauded abroad, and a number of them are now widely recognised as masterpieces.

In this book, you will learn about:
• The artistic landscape of 19th-century Austria and the emergence of the Vienna Secession
• Klimt’s main works, including his iconic painting The Kiss, and the reception they received
• His influence on later artists, including Egon Schiele and Friedensreich Hundertwasser

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Born: 14 July 1862 in Baumgarten (Austria).

Died: 6 February 1918 in Vienna.

Context: the Art Nouveau and Symbolist movements in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century.

Notable works:

Pallas Athene (1898), painting

Beethoven Frieze (1902), painting

Philosophy (1907), painting

The Kiss (1907-1908), painting

Danaë (1907-1908), painting

Gustav Klimt was one of the leading members of the Vienna Secession, a movement closely associated with Art Nouveau that flourished in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century and revitalised Austrian art.

At the beginning of his career, Klimt was known for his neoclassical wall paintings, before turning away from the conventional style that had brought him success and recognition to become one of the founding members of the Vienna Secession. His vast body of work includes oil paintings, murals, sketches and objets d’art, as well as architectural decorations, cartoons for tapestries and mosaics, ceramic works and lithographs. His most frequent subject was the female body, which he depicted with frank eroticism, and he often incorporated sensual and exotic elements into his work. His output was modern and innovative, and featured a wide range of characters, allegorical subjects, nudes, portraits and landscapes.

However, even when the sexual symbolism and eroticism of his work were veiled by allegory, they proved too much for the Viennese middle classes. Klimt was at the forefront of modern Austrian art, but although his work was admired by a new generation of avant-garde artists, it shocked conservatives and inspired heated debate. In spite of this initial controversy, many of

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