Gustav Klimt

This month’s featured artist is Gustav Klimt. His work lines up nicely with this month’s training report on pushing your ideas. Klimt certainly wasn’t timid with conveying his ideas. He would pick a direction with each artwork and really drive it home. Of course, this is a polarizing approach and his work won’t be for everyone. But the ideas are strong.

He was a dynamic artist, everything from abstract and symbolism to realistic portraits and impressionist landscapes. Most people know him for his symbolist work, like The Kiss. 

Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, 1907–08
Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, c.1907–08

Here’s an example of his beautiful realism. This wide range in style reminds me of Pablo Picasso, who started out in the footsteps of the old masters before venturing into his abstract work.

Gustav Klimt, Seated Young Girl
Gustav Klimt, Seated Young Girl

Klimt often blended distinct styles together. His work below is a mix of symbolism, abstract, and realism. Not an easy thing to get away with.

Gustav Klimt, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907
Gustav Klimt, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907

Perhaps my favorite of Klimt’s work is his quiet seascape below. It’s amazing what you can do with the right colors in the right spots. Those dabs of turquoise are stunning!

Gustav Klimt, Attersee
Gustav Klimt, Attersee

You can see some of his other paintings here:

Here are some articles about his life and work:

Gotham Mag – Gustav Klimt Immersive Art Exhibit

Met Museum – Gustav Klimt Works

Timeout – Immersive Night with Gustav Klimt

NY Times – The Story Behind ‘Woman in Gold’: Nazi Art Thieves and One Painting’s Return

Wikipedia – Gustav Klimt

7 thoughts on “Gustav Klimt”

  1. Thank you Dan for drawing to our attention the landscapes and seascapes of Klimt. I was not aware of them because of the fame of his gold pictures.
    I recommend the movie :”Woman in Gold” about the story of the painting with the same name.

  2. Klimpt uses a lot of gold in his paintings which gives special brilliance, and is fun to explore and try. He used to summer on Lake Attersee, where our daughter in law lives, so we have visited the fine museum there where some of his work is displayed. Due to his debached life style, acceptance of him as a person is mixed, though his art is undeniably worthy of admiration.

  3. I admire Klimpt’s work. It is inspiring and diverse. And I love his use of gold in his paintings. Thank you for bringing old masters alive for us. Jean


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