Gustav Klimt, 1862-1918, was an Austrian symbolist painter. Gustav Klimt became a sensation overnight as an Austrian symbolist painter. He was also one of the leaders of the Vienna Secession movement, with the very open style of Gustav Klimt works opening the floodgates to both controversy and genius. He started out doing murals, and from there became known for his fascination with the female body in Klimt artwork. Nude Veritas in 1899 was a fantastic work of art, and later on became eclipsed by many other professional works in his portfolio. Judith II, The Kiss Klimt
, and the record setting Adele Bloch-Bauer continue to define his legacy as a leader in the art world.