Google Doodle Celebrates Gustav Klimt's 150th birth anniversary

by Sanju 2012-07-14 12:03:38

Google Doodle Celebrates Gustav Klimt's 150th birth anniversary


Search engine giant Google on Saturday celebrated Gustav Klimt's 150th birth anniversary with an attractive doodle.

Gustav Klimt ( July 14, 1862 - February 6, 1918 ) was an Austrian symbolist painter whose prominent works created much controversy as it celebrated frank eroticism. But in the contemporary times, his works are recognised among the most expensive pieces of art. The subject of his works was female body and his works include art objects, paintings and murals.

Google paid tribute to Klimt with a doodle displaying one of his artwork ' The Kiss ' (In German: DerKuss) painted between 1907-08, which is known 'Golden Period' of his life, the high point of his creativity. The canvas depicts a couple embracing each other and their bodies entwined in decorated robes. It is an oil paint artwork that gives a strikingly modern theme.

Most of his paintings were created using gold leaf, which received much appreciation and criticism worldwide. Several of his works have been destroyed and the remains are preserved at various galleries across the world. Also, many of his paintings were left unfinished.

Born to a gold engraver in Baumgarten in 1862, near Vienna, Klimt spent most of his childhood in poverty. Because of his interest and passion towards artwork, he was awarded a scholarship to the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts in 1876. On February 6, 1918, he died of a stroke and pneumonia and was buried at the Hietzing Cemetery in Vienna.

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