Gustav Klimt was born on the 14th of July 1862 in Baumgarten near Vienna. In 1876 he began his studies at the Vienna School of Applied Arts, from 1878 Ferdinand Laufberger taught him. During the study years Klimt first received artistic recognition with his decorative ceiling paintings created for the palace of the builder Sturny. With Josef Hoffmann, Joseph Maria Olbrich, and others Gustav Klimt found the Vienna Secession in 1897. He was president until 1905. He produced numerous illustrations for the Secession journal "Ver Sacrum". Due to the exhibition of the Beethoven Sculpture, by Max Klinger in Vienna Secession building, Gustav Klimt created one of the masterpieces "Beethoven Frieze" in 1901.
Already the early works show an increasing stylization of motifs and a decorative-symbolist ornamentalization. In his paintings Gustav Klimt combined naturalistic, vivid representation of the body and head with small-scale, ornamental decorated, absolutely flat and mosaic-like games. Favouring gold color in 1905. In his works the artist evokes a sensualist artificial religion. Art should have a purifying and uplifting effect. However, the large number of female nudes also makes the special role of the erotic in the work of Gustav Klimt significant. He was considered as one of the main masters of Viennese Art Nouveau, which he significantly shaped. Gustav Klimt, died on February 6, 1918 in Vienna.