Famous Art Nouveau Painter Gustav Klimt
Art Nouveau began in France in the beginning of the 20th century and literally means 'New Art' in English and became known for its use of multiple curves and strong lines. The earliest signs of the Art Nouveau movement began with artists like William Morris who incorporated styles and influences from around the world, adding a new dynamic to western art.
The Art Nouveau movement quickly spread across all of Europe with the help of new technologies such as print making and colour printing. A famous example of the Art Nouveau movement is the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, whose paintings bore little resemblance to scenes from reality. Klimt introduced the use of gold leaf in his art, a technique that would prove to be very influential on future painters. His most famous works of art are undoubtedly Pallas Athene (1898), The Kiss (1907), and Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) which recently sold for a record breaking 135 million dollars at an auction. Other great members of the art nouveau movement are Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, René Jules Lalique, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Famous examples of art created in the art nouveau style include: The Toilet (1896) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the Zodiac Calendar by Alphonse Mucha and Folies Bergère, La Loïe Fuller by Jules Cheret (1893). The art nouveau movement had all but disappeared by the early 1920's to be replaced by other unique styles of art such as Modernism, Cubism, and Pop Art.