Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was a leader of the Art Nouveau movement known in
Austria as the Vienna Secession. In keeping with these ideologies, he
created works in many media including painting, murals, art objects, and
drawings. His sinuous style and embellished works are most recognizable
during his "golden phase" when gold leaf was applied to the painted surface
to luminous results. He drew upon influences from Egyptian, Greek,
Byzantine, and even Japanese art, and focused on symbols to convey ideas.
His subjects were often sensual, sexual, provocative women.