Gustav Klimt: 1862 -1918
In Year 6, we have been studying the artist Gustav Klimt this term. We read and researched information about his childhood, education and artwork. Here are some facts we found out about him:
- Gustav Klimt was born on 14th July 1862 in Austria.
- His mother was a musical performer and his father was an engraver of gold.
- Gustav was a talented artist from a young age and he attended the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts.
- Klimt lived a simple life. When at home, he wore a long robe and sandals.
- Some of Klimt’s most famous works include: ‘The Kiss’, ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’, ‘Houses in Unterach on the Attersee’, and ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II’.
- Gustav Klimt never painted a self-portrait.
- Klimt died on 6th February 1918. He suffered with pneumonia following a severe influenza outbreak and he died of a stroke. He is buried in Vienna.
- One final interesting fact about Klimt is that his ‘Adele Bloch-Bauer I’ portrait sold in 2006 at auction for more money than any other painting ever had before: $135 million!
- Gustav Klimt's artwork is easily recognisable because of its unique style.
His artwork is full of geometric patterns, swirls, shapes within shapes, lots of gold leaf and usually features examples of nature and the human form. How many of these features can you find in our Gustav Klimt inspired artwork?