Art Nouveau – Gustav Klimt

“I can paint and draw. I believe this myself and a few other people say that they believe this too. But I’m not certain of whether it’s true.”

Gustav Klimt

On July 14, 1862, the world welcomed Gustav Klimt.  He was destined to be a symbolist painter and one of the most famous members of the Vienna Art Nouveau movement fittingly entitled the anti-conservative Vienna Secessionists. Today, we are celebrating Gustav Klimt’s 150th birthday.  I found out about this momentous event when I went on Google and found their latest doodle was a tribute to his contribution to art.

Gustav Klimt created controversy with his forthright portrayal of the female body.  In fact, Emperor Franz Joseph II would not allow his drivers to go past any place that was showing his art because of the candid eroticism in his paintings. Like other Art Nouveau artists, he challenged conventional thought and renounced mediocrity. Even now, Gustav Klimt’s work continues to inspire open debate.  In my opinion, this is what artistic endeavour is all about.

Happy Birthday, Gustav Klimt!!!!

 

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