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Gustav Klimt, 1914

Gustav Klimt biography

1862
Born on July 14 in Baumgarten, Vienna.

1883
Founds the Künstler-Compagnie with his brother Ernst Klimt and Franz Matsch.

1890
Gustav Klimt, his brother Ernst and Franz Matsch complete Hans Makart's unfinished decoration of the stairwells of the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

1891
Klimt joins the Künstlerhausgenossenschaft artists' association.

1894
Klimt wins a commission for the faculty pictures from the University of Vienna (Philosophy, Medicine, Jurisprudence). Klimt's pictures win a number of international prizes. Under fire in Austria, he renounces his commission in 1905.

1897
Klimt leaves the Künstlerhausgenossenschaft to become a founder member and the first president of the Vienna Secession.

1898
First and second Secession exhibitions featuring Klimt's work. His picture Pallas Athene (today in the Wien Museum) draws stinging criticism.

1902
Klimt paints a portrait of Emilie Flöge and begins a lifelong friendship with the fashion salon owner. The portrait is on display at the Wien Museum. At the fourteenth Secession exhibition Klimt presented his Beethoven Frieze, which remains on display at the building to this day.

1904
Josef Hoffmann wins the contract to build the Palais Stoclet in Brussels. Klimt provides the design for the mansion's dining room.

1907
Klimt paints Adele Bloch-Bauer I, now on show in the Neue Gallerie in New York.

1908
Klimt presents The Kiss at the Kunstschau 1908 in Vienna. Now on display at the Belvedere, it was always destined to become the best known of all his pictures.

1911
Death and Life (on show at the Leopold Museum) wins first prize at the International Exhibition of Art in Rome.

1918
Klimt dies on February 6 in Vienna following a stroke. He is buried in Hietzing cemetery.

Klimt hotspots in Vienna: Belvedere, Secession, Leopold Museum, Wien Museum, Theater Museum, Burgtheater, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Albertina, MAK, Klimt Villa

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