I’ve always felt a kindred spirit to Gustav Klimt, ever since I saw his paintings Judith and Hope. In fact, I had Judith hanging inside my cubicle for 5 years (whose nudity may have offended the more conservative of my colleagues).
Klimt was best known for his Byzantine style gilded paintings, which in recent years have fetched record-breaking amounts within the art world. What I’ve always loved about Klimt’s gilded paintings is that they have a magical aura which transports the viewers to an altogether fantastic world. They revere the female body and express an irresistible sensuality that is associated with power. The juxtaposition of gold leaf and vibrant colors is simply intoxicating.
It just so happens that 2012 marks his 150th birthday!