Thursday, January 5, 2012

Gustav Klimt

Detail of The Kiss

This July 14, 2012 marks the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt  (July 14, 1862– February 6, 1918).  Austria, his birth place, already started celebrating on New Year's Day with a ballet tribute for his famous painting, The Kiss. The Belvedere is hosting an exhibition, through 2013 and there will be more of Klimt's works displayed than ever before in Vienna. 

Most are familiar with his most famous painting, The Kiss. Today I would like to introduce you to some of his other magical images that you may not know as well.  All images used with permission from Wilhelm Klimt, great-nephew of Gustav Klimt. Some images in this link have paintings that contain nudity. All images in this post are Safe for Work (SFW).

Detail from 'Medicine' created 1900-1907

Golden Apple Tree
Original 1903
Most are not familiar with his landscapes.

Woman With Fan
Original 1917-1918
One of two paintings found on the easel in Klimt's studio at the time of his death.

Adele Bloch-Bauer
For a short time this portrait painting was the highest paid at auction.
In 2006, sold for 135 million.

The Golden Knight
Also known as 'Life is a Struggle'
Original 1903

I would like to thank the Klimts for their generosity in allowing me to use their images. For more information please have a look at The Klimt Collection at

What is your favorite Klimt work of art?

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