Timeline of Gustav Klimt

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1862
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.

1876
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.

1877
His brother Ernst, who, like his father, would become an engraver, also enrolled in the school.

1883
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.

1885
Klimt first time using Gold Leaf in a small sketch.

1886-1892
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.

1892
Death of his father and brother Ernst.

1893
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.

1894-1914
Klimt had a succsesful life in these years with a few ups and downs. Many artistic masterpieces have been made in these years.

1915
Klimts mother dies.

1918
On January 11th, Klimt suffers a stroke in his apartment and dies on February 6th from pneumonia at Vienna, Austria-Hungary
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