Google celebrated on Saturday the 150th anniversary of the birth of modern art pioneer, Gustav Klimt. Users who go to Google’s homepage can view one of Klimt’s best works entitled “The Kiss”. Google, which uses its doodle feature, gives recognition to various individuals, groups, causes, and the like on a daily basis, letting internet users know of interesting facts and tidbits through its homepage
Through a doodle, the browser remembers the artist born in Baumgarten, Vienna who was born in 1862. Klimt became one of the most prominent members of the Viena Seccession movement during his lifetime.
Klimt created paintings and murals which were infused with a personal style – the same style which was also expressed through crafts such as those featured in the Vienna Secession gallery.
The Austrian was fond of the female nude, later becoming one of his most frequent sources of inspiration. His works have an intense sensual energy that is reflected most clearly in the many notes and sketches in pencil he possessed. In a sense, Klimt inherited the tradition of Rodin’s erotic drawings and Ingres.
Klimt was a remarkable figure in Vienna’s high society and was associated with the most significant intellectual circles during his time.