Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) was a prominent symbolist painter born in Austria.
Four days ago, this landscape he painted, called “Bauerngartern” (German for cottage garden) went under the hammer at a London Auction House named Sothebys. It sold for almost £48 million, making it the 3rd most expensive painting to be auctioned in Europe!
Who was Gustav Klimt?
Klimt was celebrated for his decorative and imaginative paintings, sketches and murals.
Klimt initially achieved praise a historical painter was commissioned to paint walls and ceilings of theatres, museums and churches. You can see his murals in the Burgtheater, Vienna today.
He evolved, or changed, as he grew, and later on celebrated the female body as the subject of a lot of his art work. He also used a lot of interesting materials like gold-leaf in his paintings. His figurative work of the human body attracted a lot of criticism. Unfortunately, like most artists, his work became popular only after his death.
Some of Klimt’s most famous works include: The Kiss and Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I