( 44 paintings )
Usually known as: Klimt
Nationality / Adopted Country: Austria
Lifespan: 1862 - 1918
Klimt is one of the iconic figures of art history whose key paintings, including "The Kiss" and "Judith I" will be recognised throughout the world. He was a leading figure in the turn-of-the-century Jugendstil and Secession movements and his work heralded the arrival of many aspects of modernism. Much is made of the eroticism present in his work and the recurring presence of 'femme fatale' figures and this tends to overshadow Klimt's considerable range of other work. The majority of his work is held in Viennese galleries and he contributed the "Beethoven Frieze" to the interior of Vienna's Secession Building, making a visit to Vienna a 'must-have' for people interested in his work.