Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Art Nouveau movement. Born in Baumgarten, Austria in 1862, he enrolled in the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts in 1876.
Klimt began working as a decorative painter in 1880 and became a founding member of the Secession movement in 1888. His unique style, characterized by its use of gold leaf and other decorative elements, made him one of the most important artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Some of Klimt's most famous works include "The Kiss", "Judith I", and "Adele Bloch-Bauer I". These works are now considered some of the most important examples of Art Nouveau art and have inspired generations of artists.