Showcase: Gustav Klimt

“All art is erotic.”

Gustav Klimt

• 14th of July 1862 – 6th of February 1918

• symbolist painter 

• influences: Japanese, Chinese, Ancient Egyptian and Mycenaean.

• influenced: Egon Schiele.

Gustav Klimt was born in Vienna, in 1862, the first born son of the Klimt couple. His father, Ernst Klimt, worked as an engraver and goldsmith, from whom he learned how to manipulate the famed metal.

Early in his artistic career, he was a successful painter of architectural decorations in a conventional manner, but for the rest of his life and even after, he was always the subject of a controversy.

The three paintings designed to decorate the ceiling of the Great Hall of the University of Vienna were criticized for their radical themes and material, and were called “pornographic”.
All three paintings were burned in May 1945.

1899 – Nuda Veritas 

The frame’s upper margin quotes a verse by Schiller, indicating, in its difficult consensus, a distinctive sign of quality:

“If you can’t please everyone with your deeds and your art – please only a few. To please many is bad. Schiller.”

Friedrich Schiller

The Golden Phase

Klimt’s ‘Golden Phase’ was met positively by critics and brought the painter great financial success.


Afterlife controversy

In 2006, the portrait of Adele was purchased for the Neue Galerie New York by Ronald Lauder for US $135 million, surpassing Picasso’s 1905 Boy With a Pipe (sold May 5, 2004 for $104 million) as the highest reported price ever paid for a painting up until then.

Woman in Gold, is the title of the famous movie made about Maria Altmann’s (niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer) struggle of the legal campaign to reclaim from the Government of Austria, the portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer; movie inspired by Stealing Klimt, the documentary featuring Maria Altmann herself.

For more fun facts about the great minds that walked on this planet.  

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18 thoughts on “Showcase: Gustav Klimt

  1. So sad those first three paintings were destroyed. Beautiful!! Thanks for this great info. The paintings are so unique. I love the Gold Period. Thanks for sharing. Love 💕 Joni

  2. Beautiful paintings. To think how times have changed, since then, but perhaps there are still those who if they could would do the same thing today. because of their narrow minded views and various dogmas

  3. I’ve always loved his work, one of my favorite artists. His landscapes are beautiful as well although less known. So much wonderful art was destroyed or lost during the war as well as architecture.

  4. I really love Shiele. Klimt I like too, we had a painting (just from Ikea) at work. I work with mentally charged people and not one told me it was too sexually. My colleguages made that remark often. I found that remarkable.

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