For those of you who are art lovers you may know that this years marks the 150th birthday of Austrian’s most famous painter, Gustav Klimt.
To be honest I’m not the “artsy” type who has a great knowledge about Art History. I do however, appreciate art no matter the artist or the price tag; could be a stunning masterpiece by Klimt or could just as fantastic creative finger painting by my 6 year old son.
The largest collection of Klimt’s work is located in Vienna’s Belvedere Palace, which in my opinion is a attraction in itself. Two Baroque Palaces, the Upper Palace and Lower Palace are situated on beautiful grounds complete with fountains and immaculately maintained gardens.
The Belvedere Museum shows work from different eras too like Impressionism, Contemporary Art and Medieval are to name a few. “The Kiss” (below), which is Klimt’s most famous piece used golf leafing combined with oil paint to create a stylish modern look in that time (1907-1908).
If you do visit Vienna I encourage you to designate a half day to visit the Belvedere Palace. Simply beautiful.
- How Klimt’s art got everywhere (bbc.co.uk)