Born in Baumgarten, today Vienna, on July 14, 1862, Gustav Klimt studied architectural painting at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts. 1891 he joined the artists’ association of Vienna but quit again six years later. 1897 he founded the Vienna Secession – again he quit, in 1905. In the same year he became member of the German association of artists. 1917 he became an honorary member of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Gustav Klimt preferred to go on summer vacation to the Attersee Lake, Upper Austria, where he painted most of his landscape paintings. He never married, but he had some relationships. Gustav Klimt died of a stroke on February 6, 1918, in Vienna. His most famous paintings are “The Kiss“, “Adele Bloch-Bauer I“, “Judith I“ and the “Beethoven Frieze“.