Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter best known for his paintings of the female body. The son of an engraver, Gustav attended the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts studying architectural painting and soon after started his career painting interior murals and ceilings. He came a founding member and president of the Vienna Secession, a group credited for bringing French Impressionists to the Viennese public. Klimt's paintings contained radical themes and were considering disturbing. He transformed traditional allegory and symbolism into a new sexual language. During this time he meet Emilie Louise Flöge, who appeared in several of his works. After the Vienna secession years, Gustav's works are categorized as his Golden phase, where he used gold leaf as a predominant design element. Our collection of Gustav Klimt patterns includes many of his most recognized paintings including The Kiss, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Fulfillment, Expectation, Portrait of Hermine Gallia, The Three Ages of Woman, Danaë, Girlfriends, Hope I, Hope II, Houses in Unterach on the Attersee, Water Serpents I, and Adam and Eve.

Patterns Included In This Set:


The Kiss

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Portrait of Hermione Gallia


The Three Ages of Woman

Girl Friends

Mada Primavesi


Hope II


Lady with Fan


Portrait of Joseph Pembauer

Judith and Holopherne

Portrait of a Girl


Portrait of Emilie Flge

Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady



Portrait of Helene Klimt

Water Nymphs


Portrait of Friederike Maria Beer

Portrait of Johanna Staude

Adam and Eve



Houses at Unterach on the Attersee

The Virgin


Apple Tree

Portrait of Margaret Stonborough Wittgenstein

Portrait of Fritza Riedler


Poppy Field

The Sunflower

Lady with Hat and Featherboa


Death and Life


The Big Popular II


Beethoven Frieze

Hope I

Sonja Knips


Nudia Veritas

Portrait of Serena Lederer




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Gustav Klimt was born on July 14, 1862, in Vienna to a would-be large family. Gustav was the second child of his aspiring musician mother, Anna Finster, and his father, an immigrant from Bohemia, Ernst Klimt. In later years, five more children would be born into the Klimt family.

Gustav Klimts childhood was colored by the poverty he was raised in. To make things even more difficult, Gustavs family moved multiple times in attempts to locate affordable places to live. Indeed, the Klimt family saw its fair share of trials. This was proven when Anna, Gustavs sister, died from illness at the age of 5 and another sister, Klara, experienced a mental breakdown.

Life events were not all traumatic for Gustav Klimt. Thankfully, he possessed much artistic talent, which was recognized by his teachers. As a result of this talent, Gustav was accepted to the Viennese School of Arts and Crafts at the age of 14. His admission to the school would be a turning point in his life as a young artist.

While at the Viennese School of Arts and Crafts, Gustav Klimt studied architectural painting. He proved himself to be excellent with the pencil as well as the brush. More than anything, Klimt shone at painting life figures. He made a special study of Hans Makart, Titian, and Rubens works during his time in school.

Interestingly, Gustavs brother, Ernst, also attended the school. Ernst, Gustav, and an individual named Franz Matsch became a group who dubbed themselves, The Company of Artists. The Company of Artists was painting for pay by the time Gustav Klimt was around 18 years old. Klimt soon became a professional artist who specialized in painting ceilings and indoor murals.

Klimts mural art was well-received by his community; so well, in fact, that he was awarded the Golden Order of Merit in 1888 from the Emperor of Austria, Franz Josef I. The merit was given because of the skillfulness of Klimts Burgtheater murals. But this was just the beginning of Gustavs distinction as an artist. It was also around this time that he was offered honorary membership to the University of Vienna and the University of Munich.

In the early 1890s Gustav Klimts style of artistry changed from being centered in the techniques he was taught in his academic career to one that was more symbolic in nature. This change may have been due in part by the death of his brother, Ernst, and his father in 1892.

Gustav continued to become more and more unconventional in his artwork; this eventually led to his breaking apart from the Knstlerhaus (Viennas leading association of artists). After this, he helped create The Union of Austrian Artists (the Vienna Secession) in 1897. The Unions main goals were to introduce the works of foreign artists into Viennese society and to give unconventional artists a venue in which to display their pieces.

From 1897 to 1908, Gustav Klimt enjoyed what is now known as the Golden Phase of his career. His art during this time was comprised of many different aspects, some taken from the modern era, and some from the pre-modern era. His works frequently displayed silver and gold leaf. Klimts artwork was influenced by abstraction and was ornamented.

Klimt did not marry. However, he did have a lifelong relationship with a woman named Emilie Louise Flge. He also had relationships with other women, and it is reported that Klimt had a minimum of 14 children.

Gustav Klimt is an artist who rose from poverty and obscurity to utter fame. Klimts significance as an artist is so great that his painting, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, sold for $135,000,000 in 2006. Gustav Klimt exemplifies the artistic spirit that has the ability to create something out of nothing.

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