Gustav KLIMT

Native placeBaumgarten, AUT
Dead placeVienna, AUT


Klimt was born in Baumgarten near Vienna. He studied at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts attached to the Austrian National Museum of Craft and Industry. He was successful as an artist-decorator with an academic, historicist style. In 1894 he received a commission from the Ministry of Education to decorate the ceiling of a large lecture hall at Vienna University. In 1897 he was a co-founder and became the first president of the Viennese Secession. In 1903 he formed the Viennese Werkstätte with Joseph Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. He became embroiled in controversy over the university ceiling paintings and canceled the contract himself in 1905. In the same year, he left the Secession because of conflicts with other members.He organized “Kunstschau” exhibitions in 1908-09. In 1911 he won first place in the Rome International Exhibition. He died in Vienna.

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