Klimt's work is easily spotted by his use of decorative pattern and line work. Another, more obvious way to spot his work is by the the use of gold leaf.
Gustav Klimt worked mainly in oils on canvas, but also sketched and made some mosaics.
The female form was the main subject of his paintings which were considered erotic in his time.
Klimt's work is Influenced by:
- Art Nouveau (ärt no͞oˈvō)
- Japanese Art
Below are some examples of Klimt's famous paintings along with a sample color palette.
I thought it would be fun to incorporate Klimt's work into one of my watercolor paintings. I added Finetec Gold Watercolor in place of Klimt's gold leaf and created a square pattern in the background. The pattern I painted was inspired by the blanket of the two lovers in The Kiss painting
The decorative background of this mixed media watercolor and ink painting is inspired by Gustav Klimt. One of Klimt's famous paintings, The Kiss, was back in his day, considered erotic. To me, The Kiss is pretty tame, especially with what is out there today.. There are some other paintings he painted, that yeah, I can see being "erotic." - Erotic or not, I love the gold leaf details he used in many of his paintings.. ⠀ .⠀ - Finding elements of another artist's work, famous or not, and incorporating it into your own is a chapter from the book Steal Like An Artist. Have you read it? if not, you totally should!
I love quotes.. and who doesn't?
Personally, I find quotes to be a little peek into a person's personality.
- Klimt never married, but is said to have fathered 14 children
- Unlike other artists, Gustav Klimt never painted a "selfie" of himself
"I have never painted a self-portrait. I am less interested in myself as a subject for a painting than I am in other people, above all women... There is nothing special about me. I am a painter who paints day after day from morning to night... Who ever wants to know something about me out to look carefully at my pictures."