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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Gustav Klimt on inspiration, art, sayings, artists, truth, glow, burn, line, meaning, alone, storm, work, believe and paintings.

12 Top Gustav Klimt Quotes That Paint A Thousand Words

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Famous As: Painter

Born On: July 14, 1862

Died On: February 6, 1918

Born In: Baumgarten, Austrian Empire

Died At Age: 55

Gustav Klimt was a distinguished Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most eminent members of ‘Vienna Secession Movement’. He is celebrated for his sketches, other objets d’art, thoughts, murals and paintings. The primary subject of Klimt’s sketches was female body and his paintings portrayed women in erotic and sensual tones. His works are highly revered in the art circles and demand a high respect. He is credited with adopting a new trend in European modern art instead of going the traditional and conventional way. Most of his competitors did not adopt his genre of art which was decorative art. We have rounded some popular quotes and sayings by the eminent artist which have been extracted from his works, thoughts, paintings and life. Go through the quotable quotes and thoughts by Gustav Klimt.
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Truth is like fire; to tell the truth means to glow and burn.

Gustav Klimt

After tea it's back to painting - a large poplar at dusk with a gathering storm. From time to time instead of this evening painting session I go bowling in one of the neighbouring villages, but not very often.

Gustav Klimt

Whoever wants to know something about me - as an artist which alone is significant - they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognise what I am and what I want.

Gustav Klimt

True relaxation, which would do me the world of good, does not exist for me.

Gustav Klimt

There is nothing that special to see when looking at me. I'm a painter who paints day in day out, from morning till evening - figure pictures and landscapes, more rarely portraits.

Gustav Klimt

On my first days here I did not start work immediately but, as planned, I took it easy for a few days - flicked through books, studied Japanese art a little.

Gustav Klimt

There is no self-portrait of me.

Gustav Klimt

If the weather is good I go into the nearby wood - there I am painting a small beech forest (in the sun) with a few conifers mixed in. This takes until 8 'o clock.

Gustav Klimt

Even when I have to write a simple letter I'm scared stiff as if faced with looming seasickness.

Gustav Klimt

Although even when I am being idle I have plenty of food for thought both early and late - thoughts both about and not about art.

Gustav Klimt

Sometimes I miss out the morning's painting session and instead study my Japanese books in the open.

Gustav Klimt

I can paint and draw. I believe this myself and a few other people say that they believe this too. But I'm not certain of whether it's true.

Gustav Klimt