Gustav Klimt paintings and the kiss that changed the world

Gustav Klimt has decisively influenced the modern painting and has made the Jugendstil famous throughout the world. He first scared the Viennese, then charmed them: this is Gustav Klimt. The son of a talented but poor gold engraver revolutionized not only artistic technique, but also debunked the taboos about instincts and eroticism. As a contemporary of Sigmund Freud and Gustav Mahler, Gustav Klimt lived in the upsurge of the Austrian capital. As a rebellious fascist of freedom of art and sexuality, Gustav Klimt gave Vienna an impressive number of valuable works of art.

His talent came at an early stage, so Gustav Klimt received a scholarship from the Vienna School of Art thanks to which he has studied from the 14th year of Art School. With a strong echo, Gustav Klimt ushers in the new century, the era of modernity: in 1894, when due to his reputation as a respected artist, received the order to paint the ceiling of the University of Vienna, his libertine sketches had managed to source a scandal with big reverberations.

Then the time came for the indomitable genius of Gustav Klimt: already in 1897, he became the first president of the Vienna Secession, a division from the conservatism Artists House Vienna, Wiener Künstlerhaus. Check this out. Even though in 1905 he was forced to abandon the command received from the Ministry of Education for painting the ceiling University, Gustav Klimt remained faithful to his propensity for representation of the sensual female nudes. Many of his paintings represent an honest homage to emancipated, sensual femininity. Attracted by the unique ornamentation of the Jugendstil, Gustav Klimt celebrated through his portraits the female universe of Vienna.

The female universe
The triumphal march of Gustav Klimt in the world of artistic world began in Vienna. His paintings have been exhibited and sold all over Europe, and in New York have hit record prices. Especially his "golden age" paintings, the source of the creation of sumptuous paintings of enormous material value, remained in the artistic memory of the humanity. 

Probably Klimt's most famous painting "The Kiss" (1907/08) is considered to be the symbol of modern love: courageous and wasteful at the same time. This painting can be admired at Belvedere Superior, Oberen Belvedere, while in other places you can see numerous replicas. The work dates back to the so-called "golden" period of the artist. This is best illustrated by the golden petals that illuminate the phosphorescent scene of the intimate kiss. Klimt's decorative craftsmanship can be seen on the example of the flower mattress stretched at the feet of the two lovers, whom the figures united in the hugs have embedded in a statuary immobility.

In the last years of his life, Gustav Klimt has increasingly dealt with a typical theme of Vienna at that time: the close bond between sexuality and death. The climate of the capital, where Sigmund Freud was bent on study this topic in terms of psychoanalysis, has given life to the painting "Death and Life", which in 1911 was awarded first prize at the International Exhibition of Art in Rome.

Master of ornaments
Gustav Klimt was told that he was the master of ornaments and the attractive female painter, which is real. Women and painting, food and good wine were the cardinal points of the life of Austria's most cherished artist. The Klimt man lived on a strict program: he woke up early in the morning and was doing exercises before taking a hearty breakfast. He painted until the evening without interruption. Then he went to the city at the theater, parties, pubs or cafes. His favorite drink was sparkling wine and he liked on Viennese food.

The painter who revolutionized the Viennese artistic scene at the beginning of the nineteenth century, when this city became the center of Europe's cultural life, made a fairly modest self-portrait in words. "I'm sure I'm not very interesting as a person. If someone wants to know something about me - and only as an artist, it is deserved the trouble - he should look carefully at my paintings to try to decipher who I am and what I want" Gustav Klimt said about himself.

Beethoven's frieze
In 1902, Klimt created one of his most famous works for an exhibition of the secessionist movement: Beethoven's frieze. The entire exhibition was conceived as a tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven. Klimt's monumental frieze welcomes visitors from the entrance hall, 34 meters wide and two meters high. Not only the artist's contemporaries were impressed by this work, but the echo of this work reverberates to this day. 

The initial intent was to have this cycle be dismantled after the exhibition was closed. Then the frieze was bought by a collector and in 1903 it was dismounted from the wall in seven parts. The Republic of Austria acquired this valuable work in 1973, restored it and, in 1986, exposed it to the public in Secession, in a specially designed room for this exhibit.

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