Birth of Gustav Klimt in Baumgarten, near Vienna, Austria. His father is a gold engraver but unsuccessful in business. Klimt lived in poverty for most of his childhood.
At the age of 14, Klimt was awarded a scholarship to the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts. Noticed for his talents, he receives his first commissions while studying.
His brother Ernst, who, like his father, would become an engraver, also enrolled in the school.
Klimt finished school/studying, and received training as an architectural painter. Klimt, his brother Ernst and Franz Matsch form the Känstlercompanie (Company of Artists) and start a productive cooperation. Works for theaters, churches and museums were ordered by several patrons.
Klimt first time using Gold Leaf in a small sketch.
Klimt executes mural decorations for staircases at the Burgtheater and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. He contributes for a series called Allegories and Emblems. Its success leads to a second large order, containing Klimt's painting "Tragedy", announcing all of his stylistic characteristics: gold paint, areas of detail and areas of abstract space, symbolism, the female figure.
Death of his father and brother Ernst.
Klimt and Matsch are commissioned to decorate the ceiling of the Great Hall of the new University of Vienna. Due to a falling-out between Klimt and Matsch, the works are greatly delayed. The series of paintings, "Philosophy", "Medecine" and "Jurisprudence", provoked widespread controversy. He is never to accept a public commission again.
Klimt had a succsesful life in these years with a few ups and downs. Many artistic masterpieces have been made in these years.
Klimts mother dies.
On January 11th, Klimt suffers a stroke in his apartment and dies on February 6th from pneumonia at Vienna, Austria-Hungary