Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian painter most known for his tense, erotic paintings and his incorporation of gold leaf into his work, giving his the finished product a unique and personal signature. From www.gustavklimtthekiss.com: "Gustav Klimt’s 'Golden Style' reached its pinnacle in the portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (above). Here, we see an opulent patchwork of ornaments where Mycenaean gold mingles with Byzantium, creating the overall impression of a religious idol and a seemingly endless array of paintings within paintings." Klimt's work has enjoyed a recent resurgence with the release of the film Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Katie Holmes.
Pay close attention to the emotion conveyed by the subjects' hands as you click through the gallery of the most striking offerings from Gustav Klimt. (All photos: wikipedia)