This is the companion thread to Egon Schiele. Klimt was his mentor and the leader of the Jugendstijl, a Vienese Art Nouveau movement. In stark contrast with Schiele, Klimt was a happy well-adjusted man who loved women, as often as possible.
He often used gold in his paintings to heighten the effect of the rich surface and the sense of erotocism:
Personally, I like his drawings better than the paintings. Here's a great little book available at Amazon called Gustav Klimt: 100 Drawings
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