Klimt, 1862 - 1918
He is the founder Vienna Sezession school of
art, that embodies the high-keyed erotic, psychological,
and aesthetic preoccupations of turn-of-the-century
Vienna's dazzling intellectual world.
He is known as the preeminent exponent of ART
NOUVEAU. Klimt began as an artist-decorator.
In 1886-92, Klimt executed mural decorations
for staircases at the Burgtheater and the Kunsthistorisches
Museum in Vienna; these confirmed Klimt's eclecticism
and broadened his range of historical references.
Klimt was a cofounder and the first president
of the Vienna Secession, a group of modernist
architects and artists who organized their own
exhibition society and gave rise to the SECESSION
MOVEMENT, or the Viennese version of Art Nouveau.