Born Baumgarten, Vienna on 14th July 1862; died 6th February 1918. This painting shown here is the one I have chosen for the Facebook challenge given to me by my friend and fellow artist Tricia Colyer.
Gustav Klimt, for me, is one of the most impressive artists of his time. His paintings are full of sensuous story-telling, almost touching on the erotic in one or two of them. I particularly like his use of gold and silver leaf in his art work. The portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (left), completed in 1907, is perhaps his most sumptuous in application of both gold and silver leaf. It is semi-abstract, if that is a correct term to apply to a piece of art, but has at its core the most delicate renditions of portraiture ever completed by any artist. He has captured the character of this woman and presented her quite serenely and gently to those who look upon her. She looks out of the painting with reverence and command. This perhaps is exaggerated by her eyes being very high up in the overall composition. Of course, having no knowledge of the woman I cannot say for certain if he has done her justice or not. But to me she is beautifully composed and presented.
Gustav Klimt is one of the artists I have looked to for developing my abstract work in 2017 along with Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky. You may hear more about Klimt (and the others) throughout this year.