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Gustav Klimt was born in Vienna in Austria in 1862.
Son of a craftsman, he studied at the school of arts and professions of Vienna.
He is counted amongst the founders, in 1897, of the Viennese Secession, of which he rapidly became a dominant personality.
He made many journeys and had great success in Paris, Dresden, Berlin and Italy, where he studied mosaics in Ravenna.
His very decorative work, was produced during the art nouveau of the period. The skill and materials that Klimt used are those of the applied arts. (Gold, silver, enamelled colours, mosaics).
The artist progressively overcame traditional opposition between topic and decor, including the whole in an unified surface.
The chromatic dynamism that marks the second period of his work testifies to an opening toward the current expressionists whose two other Austrian representatives are Schiele and Kokoschka.