Biographic: Klimt2020-03-20T12:38:03+00:00

Biographic: Klimt

The ‘Biographic’ series presents an entirely new way of looking at the lives of the world’s greatest thinkers and creatives. It takes the 50 defining facts, dates, thoughts, habits, and achievements of each subject, and uses infographics to convey each of them in vivid snapshots.

Many people know that Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was an Austrian painter and founding member of the Vienna Secession art group, whose gold-tinged paintings of the female nude include ‘The Kiss’. What, perhaps, they don’t know is that The Kiss was sold before its completion for 25,000 crowns – over 50 times that paid for any other Austrian painting at the time, that he fathered at least 14 illegitimate children, that his fondness for cats led to his studio being overrun by his feline friends, and that in 2006 he set the record for the highest-priced painting in the world, when his Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I was sold for $135million. Biographic: Klimt presents an instant impression of his life, work and fame, with an array of irresistible facts and figures converted into infographics to reveal the artist behind the pictures. It was published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death.

Author Information

Viv Croot
Viv Croot is a writer and editor specialising in adult non-fiction and popular culture. She has written or contributed to over 50 books on subjects from art to zoology, and her recent titles include Biographic: The Beatles and Biographic: Klimt. She lives in Essex, England.