Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862– February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter. Symbolists believed that art should represent absolute truths that could only be described indirectly. In regard to Art, Symbolism became known as a contemplative refuge from the world of strife. To produce these results, it used themes of mysticism and other worldliness.

“Portrait of Adele  Bloth-Bauer” 1907

Painted in Vienna and commissioned by Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist who had made his fortune in the sugar industry, this portrait took three years to complete. In 2006, Ronald Lauder purchased it for $135 million for the Neue Galerie in New York.

The Kiss” 1907-1908

(Klimt`s most famous work. Painted during his “golden period”. Currently on display at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere Museum,  housed in the Belvedere palace, in Vienna, Austria.)

“Musique” 1895

(Considered one of two studies Klimt submitted to secure a contract with Franz Matsch to decorate the Palais Dumba.)

Lady with a Fan” (Donna Con Ventaglio) 1918

(Known as the last painting of Gustav Klimt)

“Lady with a Hat and Feather Boa”

(Around 1899 (This portrait resulted from a long-lasting relationship of Klimt with  Emilie Flöge, a proprietress of Viennese fashion salon. Most of the names of the models and other women in his life have not survived, partly because Flöge burnt much of Klimt’s correspondence after his death from a stroke in 1918. Recent findings reveal the young woman in the portrait as Hilde Roth, a Bohemian redhead from Budapest.)

“Portrait of Emilie” Floge” 1902

(Emilie Floge, 1874-1952, Klimt’s lifelong companion, mistress and one of his principal heirs was born into the family of  a prosperous pipe manufacturer, Hermann Floge . Klimt’s first portrait of her dates to 1891 and would appear in many of his paintings as both subject and model. After Klimt’s death in 1918, Emilie inherited half of his belongings.)

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References:

Gustav Klimt:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_Klimt

Symbolism:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolism_(arts)#The_Symbolist_Manifesto

Gustav Klimt:   http://vezur.com/art/catalogue/reproductions/gustav-klimt

Gustav Klimt. Portrait of Emilie Flöge:   http://www.abcgallery.com/K/klimt/klimt89.html