Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862– February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of Vienna's Secessionist movement. His major works include paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism—nowhere is this more apparent than in his numerous drawings in pencil.
Original Klimt paintings account for some of the most expensive artworks sold at auction ever: his famous Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I fetched an astounding $135 million at auction in 2006. It still remains in the top 3 on the list of the most expensive paintings ever sold.