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Klimt's work is characterized by the elegant golden or colored decoration, often phallic in form, that conceals the more erotic positions of the drawings on which many of his paintings are based. This can be seen in Judith I (1901) and in The Kiss (1907-1908) and especially in Danaë (1907). One of the most common subjects Klimt used was that of the dominant woman, the femme fatale. Art historians note a variety of influences that contribute to Klimt's distinctive style, including Egyptian, Minoan, classical Greek, and Byzantine inspirations. Klimt also drew inspiration from the engravings of Albrecht Dürer, late medieval European painting, and the Japanese Rimpa school. His mature works are characterized by a rejection of earlier naturalistic styles and use symbols or symbolic elements to convey psychological ideas and emphasize art's "freedom" from traditional culture.

Gustav Klimt (*14 July 1862 in Baumgarten near Vienna, today 14th district; † 6 February 1918 in Vienna, 9th district) symbolist painter and one of the most famous members of the Viennese Art Secession movement. His major works include paintings, murals, sketches and other art objects, many of which are on display at the Vienna Secession Gallery. Klimt's main motif was the female body, and his works are characterized by an overt eroticism - nowhere is this more evident than in his numerous pencil drawings.


Gustav Klimt


Oil on canvas, 178,0 x 198,0 cm
 Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria
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158 | Death and Life (Tod und Leben), c. 1910-1915

Oil, gold and silver on canvas, 138,0 x 138,0 cm
 Neue Galerie New York, New York, USA
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159 | Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (Das Bildnis Adele Bloch-Bauer I, auch „Goldene Adele“ ), 1907

Oil on canvas, 190,0 x 200,0 cm
 Narodni Galerie (Nationalgalerie), Prague, Czech Republic
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160 | The Girls (The Virgin) Die Mädchen (Die Jungfrau), c. 1912-1913

Oil on canvas, 166,0 x 190,0 cm
 Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
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161 | The Bride (Die Braut), c. 1917-1918

Oil on canvas, 153,0 x 133,0 cm
 Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

162 | Portrait of Fritza Riedler (Bildnis Fritza Riedler), 1906

Oil and gold on canvas, 180,0 x 180,0 cm 
 Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
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163 | The Kiss (Der Kuss), c. 1907-1908

Oil on canvas, 110,0 x 110,0 cm
 Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
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164 | Farm Garden with Sunowers (Bauerngarten mit Sonnenblumen), c. 1905-1906

Oil and gold on canvas, 77,0 x 83,0 cm
 Private Collection
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165 | Danaë, c. 1907-1908

Oil on canvas, 110,0 × 110,0 cm 
 Residenzgalerie Salzburg, Austria

166 | Litzlberg am Attersee, c. 1914-1915

Oil on canvas, 110,0 x 110,0 cm
 Musée d‘Orsay, Paris, France
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167 | Rosebushes under the Trees (Rosensträucher unter den Bäumen), c.1905

Oil, gold and collage on canvas, 110,5 x 110,5 cm
 Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
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168 | Hope II. (Die Hoffnung II.), 1907

Oil on canvas, 80,0 x 145,0 cm
 Privat Collection
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169 | Water Serpents II (The friends II) Wasserschlangen II (Die Freundinnen II), c. 1904-1907



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