Gustav Klimt (1862 - 1918) was an Austrian artist from Vienna who was one of the pioneers of Symbolism and Art Nouveau who is best known for his paintings though was also an incredibly prolific draftsman.
"All art is erotic" — Gustav Klimt
We usually use self portraits of the artists on ErotiCart, however Klimt famously has no self portrait and is popularly quoted saying "I have never painted a self-portrait. I am less interested in myself as a subject for a painting than I am in other people, above all women...There is nothing special about me. I am a painter who paints day after day from morning to night...Who ever wants to know something about me... ought to look carefully at my pictures."
Gustav Klimt was one of the founding members of the Vienna Secession, a group of Austrian artists who had resigned from the Association of Austrian Artists in protest of their restrictive attitudes towards art. The Secession artists felt that at present art had become stagnant, with artists merely repeating the styles of the past masters, and this was encouraged by the Association of Austrian Artists. Without the freedom for artists to explore their art, generation upon generation will never know of the beauty that could have been. The Secession artists believed art, as well as beauty, was an ever changing form. Above the doorway to the Secession's building is inscribed "to every age its art and to art its freedom," which perfectly summarizes the principles of the movement.
Klimt, as well as many other artists, left the Secession in 1905 due to an ongoing dispute with the Naturalist within the Vienna Secession, who refused to let go of the realist influence in their art.
Klimt continued to push the boundaries throughout his life, and though his style was controversial at the time, so was the subject of many of his paintings and drawings which were more often than not centered around eroticism. Although Klimt had never faced any legal problems with his erotic art, his student Egon Schiele, who was strongly influenced by Klimt, had hundreds of his erotic drawings confiscated in 1912 on grounds that they were pornographic.