Klimt, the Art Nouveau influencer
Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter who was considered to be particularly controversial during his time. Klimt’s main subject in his work was the female body and the beauty of femininity and was heavily criticized for being too sensual and erotic. Today, they’ve proven to be some of the most memorable paintings ever to emerge from the Vienna Secession movement.
He furthered and advocated for the Art Nouveau movement (also known as Jugendstil in Germany) and will be remembered as one of the most talented decorative painters of the 20th century.
Klimt’s “Golden Phase” is quite possibly his most widely recognized period of art. This period emerged following positive reactions to his work and subsequent financial success and included a large variety of paintings that utilize gold leaf in their production. Many of his works during this time, including The Kiss, were very popular due to, in part, this utilization of gold with paint.
While Klimt never saw much merit or fame from his work during his life, he has become immortalized in death and has greatly influenced the art community after his passing.
Musart is proud to showcase the work of such a genius pioneer, who was incredibly important to the ongoing conversation of the art community as a whole.