1862 Born at Baumgarten near Vienna.
1876 Enters the School of Applied Art (Kunstgewerbeschule) in Vienna.
1879 Starts working with his brother Ernst and a fellow student Franz Matsch on a number of projects.
1883 Completes his studies and forms the Artists’ Company (Kunstlercompagnie), opening a studio with his brother and Matsch.
1888 The Artists’ Company complete decorative work on the staircases of the new Burgtheater in Vienna.
1891 The Company works on the decoration of the staircase at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
1892 Klimt’s brother Ernst dies.
1894 Klimt and Matsch are commissioned to paint the ceiling of the grand auditorium at Vienna University (known as the ‘Faculty Paintings’).
1897 The Vienna Secession is founded with Klimt as first president.
1898 The First Secession exhibition takes place.
1900 Exhibits one of the unfinished paintings for the university, representing Philosophy, to a storm of protest centred on its suitability for its intended home.
1901 Klimt exhibits Medicine, the second of the pictures destined for the university. A similar furore erupts, leading to the matter being debated in the Austrian Parliament.
1905 Klimt renounces the contracts for the ‘Faculty Paintings’ and buys them himself. He resigns from the Secession.
1908 Exhibits 16 paintings at the Kunstschau in Vienna. His iconic work, The Kiss is bought by the Austrian State Gallery.
1911 The Villa Stoclet is completed in Brussels with a frieze designed by Klimt for the dining room combining mosaic and painted panels.
1913 Spends the summer at Lake Garda.
1918 Suffers a stroke in January and, weakened by this, succumbs to influenza in February, one of the many killed in the pandemic.
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Gustave Klimt - Selected Works
1890 Portrait of Joseph Pembauer, Innsbruck, Tiroler Landsmuseum Ferdinandeum
1898 Portrait of Sonja Knips, Vienna, Belvedere
1898 Pallas Athena, Vienna, Wein Museum
1899 Portrait of Serena Lederer, New York, Metropolitan Museum
1899 Calm Pond, Vienna, Leopold Museum
1900 Farmhouse with Birch Trees, Vienna, Belvedere
1900 Attersee I, Vienna, Leopold Museum
1901 Judith I, Vienna, Belvedere
1901–02 The ‘Beethoven’ Frieze, Vienna, Secession Building
1902 Portrait of Emilie Flöge, Vienna, Wein Museum
1902 Portrait of Marie Henneberg, Halle, Moritzburg State Gallery
1903 Hope I, Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada
1904 Portrait of Hermine Gallia, London, Tate
1904 Roses under Trees, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1905 The Three Ages of Woman, Rome, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna
1905 Portrait of Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein, Munich, Neue Pinakothek
1906 Farm Garden with Sunflowers, Vienna, Belvedere
1906 Fritza Riedler , Vienna, Belvedere
1907 Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, New York, Neue Gallerie
1904–7 Water Serpents I, Vienna, Belvedere
1908 The Kiss, Vienna, Belvedere
1907–8 Hope II, New York, MOMA
1909 Judith II (Salome), Venice, Galeria d’Arte Moderna
1911 Death and Life, Vienna, Leopold Museum
c1912 Avenue at Schloss Kammer, Vienna, Belvedere
1913 The Virgin, Prague, Národní Gallery
1913–14 Portrait of Eugenia Primavesi, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
1915 Litzberg on the Attersee, Salzburg, Museum der Moderne
1916 Portrait of Friederike-Maria Beer, New York, Guggenheim Museum
1916 Houses at Unterach on the Attersee, Vienna, Belvedere
1917 Baby, Washington DC, National Gallery of Art