Gustav Klimt’s “Water Serpent” series dazzles with glimmering gold tones, lavish ornamentation, and erotic themes. Klimt (1862 – 1918) overcame poverty to come a forerunner in the Viennese Secession and Art Nouveau movement. An eclectic mix of multicultural styles, his work is sensuality dominated and threaded with themes of rebirth, love and death.
Austrian iconoclast Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) triumphed over childhood poverty to significantly influence the Viennese Secession and Art Nouveau movement. Klimt’s elaborate, explicitly sensual works expressed themes of regeneration, love and death, and incorporated Egyptian, Classical Greek, Byzantine and Medieval styles. Klimt also utilized symbols representing art’s liberation from traditional culture. Laying the groundwork for Art Deco and Modernism, Klimt’s creative influence can still be seen in today’s art, decorations and jewelry.