Gustav Klimt

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.
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