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Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt

Known for his intricately patterned and emotionally expressive portraits, Klimt (1862–1918) has become one of Austria’s most prominent painters. A leading figure of the Vienna Secession movement, Klimt worked tirelessly through his efforts as a curator, writer, and publisher to establish a space for unconventional young Viennese artists. Klimt himself was particularly influenced by Japanese art and its methods of flattening imagery, painting his female subjects and landscapes onto flattened planes of decorative patterns.

Klimt continued to develop a more personal style, depicting lithe human forms in scenes rich with symbolism. He is most well known for his paintings from his "golden phase," many of which include illuminated portraits adorned with gold leaf.