0 Happy Birthday, Gustav Klimt

Australian symbolist painter, Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 - February 6, 1918) was born 150 years ago today.

gustav klimt, the kiss, google doodle
Credit: Google
Google's homepage is marking the occasion with a doodle incorporating one of Klimt's best known paintings, "The Kiss" (1907-1908).  

From The Getty Museum:

The starkness of a hand-drawn line—with its potential for lyrical beauty—is essential to Gustav Klimt's art. Through line, Klimt sought to convey the essence of the human form, and the nature of human existence. 

As an artist, he wanted to explore universal emotions like suffering, hope and love; and it was through the daily practice of life-drawing that he cultivated his ideas.

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