My-Guide to Gustav Klimt View website

The $156 million dollar artist that many have never heard of

Editor's review Page 2 of 3

Published 3 May 2014

[cont'd] the Vienna Secession (or Austrian Nouveau Art movement) and became its first president. His painting The Kiss is a symbol of Vienna Secession. By now, he had developed his own characteristic style - known as symbolism, though it was hardly subtle - which became the trademark of the movement. As with Impressionism, Art Nouveau (Klimt was a big Aubrey Beardsley fan) was an international revolt against the traditional academic art style. Klimt was considered quite controversial and far ahead of his time and is noted for his paintings, murals and sketches as well as many other objets d'art. His primary subject was the female body with his works marked by a frank eroticism and sensuality. Although his work was not widely accepted during his time, some of the pieces that he painted during his career are now seen as some of the most important and influential pieces ever to come out of Austria. Some were only rediscovered recently after they were taken by the Nazis during WWII.  The artist created few paintings on traditional canvas as he saw himself more as a mural painter and decorative artist. He designed posters and worked as an illustrator for magazines and even went into design works for fashion and jewelry. His understanding of art regards it as something that should not be confined purely to art academies, studios and canvases. This idea and concept was revitalized with the Pop Art movement in the sixties and seventies.
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