Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), was the principal Austrian Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) painter and one of the founders of the Vienna Sezession (1898) although he resigned in1903. He was essentially a decorator and, form 1883 to 1892, he shared a studio for decorative painting with his brother and another artists: they worked in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, in 1891.
From 1898, after a barren period of about six years, he was influenced by Japanese art and by contemporary English painters like Burne Jones and Alma-Tadema.
A more realist style characterized his ceilings for Vienna University (1900-1903), which were very unpopular.
He was perhaps most successful as a designer for the applied arts, but he was also a great influence on Schiele and Kokoschka. There are works in Vienna and a portrait in London.