Gustav Klimt is probably the singular artist I think of as embodying the Vienna Secession and the Jugendstil, or Art Nouveau, movements. Utilizing eroticism, romance, youth, and other classical elements, Klimt touched upon all the usual human themes that permeate art and culture, but he did so in an aesthetically unique way. Klimt drew from symbolism, aestheticism, and ancient Egyptian and Byzantine art, giving his work an entirely unique style, especially during his golden phase. As he progressed creatively, he placed an increasing emphasis on femininity and female sexuality, at first represented within the context of mythological figures and then later more directly and controversially in his more graphic drawings. Like Munch and Redon, Klimt’s work has grown on me over the years, as I’ve identified more and more with his subject matter and approach, and today I can easily call him one of my favorite artists.