Gustav Klimt (Wien 1862 - Wien 1918)

  • Study for the portrait of Magda Mautner-Markhof

  • Standing Pregnant Woman (Study made in connection with "Hope II")

  • Study for the Painting "Adele Blochbauer I" 1907

  • SEMI-RECLINING FEMALE NUDE IN BACK VIEW, Study for The Virgin

  • NIKE (Study for Pallas Athene)

  • Reclining semi-nude to the right, study for the `Bride`

  • Kneeling Semi-nude, Study for " The Bride"

  • Woman in an armchair, viewed from the front

  • Eve (Seated Nude with Long Hair)

  • The English Woman

  • Reclining woman with raised dress

  • COUPLE LYING TOGETHER

  • Female Nude Reclining to the Left (Leda)

  • Seated in an armchair seen head-on

  • SEATED GIRL, Study for the portrait of Mäda Primavesi

  • Standing Lovers

  • Two Seated Nudes, Back View

  • Study for "Lust" in the Beethoven Frieze

  • Female figure in a long garment, playing a string instrument (study for secular music)

  • STANDING FEMALE NUDE LEANING DOWN TO PUT ON STOCKINGS

  • Veritas (STANDING FEMALE NUDE WITH RAISED ARMS) (Study for the Faculty Painting Jurisprudence, 1903-1907)

  • STUDY FOR “POETRY” IN THE BEETHOVEN FRIEZE

  • Reclining lovers

  • RECLINING SEMI-NUDE WITH ARMS CROSSED ABOVE HER HEAD

  • Woman in profile facing left

  • Portrait of a lady

  • RECLINING FEMALE FIGURE PROPPED UP ON HER ELBOWS, Study made in connection with Judith II (Salome)

  • KNEELING NUDE FACING LEFT

  • Reclining Semi-Nude, Study for the `Bride`

  • STUDY FOR JUSTITIA IN JURISPRUDENCE

  • Standing nude leaning forwards

Gustav Klimt was born on 14 July 1862 in Baumgarten by Vienna. In the years 1876 until 1883 he studied at the Vienna School of Applied Art with professors Ferdinand Laufberger and Julius Viktor Berger. After completing his studies he established a studio together with his brother Ernst and Franz Matsch. From 1885 onwards they painted for theatres in the Monarchy numerous wall and ceiling paintings, of which those in the Burgtheater in Vienna merit special emphasis. These were followed in 1891 with paintings in the staircase of the Kunsthistorisches Museum. At that time Klimt was already an esteemed painter and his oil paintings and drawings clearly demonstrated the influence of Historicism. In 1892 his brother Ernst died which led to the dissolution of the artist company. As Klimt had already attracted attention with the paintings in the spandrels and between the columns at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, he was awarded in 1894 the commission to paint the faculty pictures in the Great Hall of the University of Vienna. In 1897 the artist association Secession was founded and Klimt was appointed their first president. The presentation of Klimt’s first faculty picture Philosophy in 1900 unleashed a tremendous scandal. As Medicine (1901) and Jurisprudence (1903) also did not receive appropriate acknowledgement from the commissioners of the paintings, Klimt repurchased the faculty pictures in 1905. In the same year differences of opinion caused him to leave the Secession. The works Adele Bloch-Bauer and The Kiss, which were shown at the Kunstschau exhibition of 1908, marked the pinnacle of Klimt’s ‘Golden Style’. International exhibitions led to him gaining recognition abroad. In addition to his portraits, in the last ten years of his life he devoted himself increasingly to landscapes.