“Whoever wants to know something about me, they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognise what I am and what I want.” - Gustav Klimt.
Gustav Klimt was born in Baumgarten, near Vienna in Austria and he was the second of seven children – three boys and four girls. It is said that all three sons displayed remarkable artistic talent from early on. Klimt’s younger brothers were Ernst Klimt Junior and Georg Klimt and his father, Ernst Klimt, formerly from Bohemia, was a gold engraver.
Klimt lived in abject poverty for most of his childhood, as work was scarce and economic advancement was difficult for immigrants. In 1876, Klimt was awarded a scholarship to the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, when his life turned towards art.
Later in his career, Klimt continued to prove to be an influential artist. The paintings from his Gold Period, as well as structured landscapes he made just before his death, foreshadowed Art Nouveau and Cubism. Here at John Beswick, we pay homage to this artist through a number of products that depict his work beautifully.
Tealights are the perfect option when you want to add dimension, colour and warmth to your home. They’re small enough to not be overbearing while adding delicate details to your shelves, tables and other surfaces. The Klimt Fulfilment Tealight showcases his stunning artwork perfectly in warm tones of browns, golds and reds. It is said the gold background gives the feel of earthly love while the theme of masculinity and femininity is shown by the angles of the male and curves of the female, a theme that is common in Klimt's work.
If you’re looking for a unique gift for a special occasion or you’re looking for a new favourite coffee mug, we stock a few mugs with Klimt’s artwork which are sure to brighten up your morning with your favourite hot or cold beverage!
The stunning Klimt Three Ages Of Woman Mug features this dreamy artwork from 1905. The Three Ages of Woman won the gold medal in the 1911 International Exhibition in Rome, Italy, and now you can showcase this wonderful artwork in your home without breaking the bank!
If you’re looking for something practical and stylish our pocket mirrors are the perfect gift for any occasion and can be used as a functional mirror to carry with you out and about to help you with fixing your hair or makeup. Not only that but they can also be used as a standalone pieces of art and look stunning on shelves, desks and vanity tables.
Vases are the perfect way to brighten up any home. They can add colour and a wonderful scent throughout the day when filled with fresh flowers. However, vases don’t have to be boring! You can coordinate your flowers to your vases and add texture and depth to your homes. Here at John Beswick, we have a variety of Klimt-inspired vases for you to choose from.
For example, this striking, cylindrical Klimt Expectation Vase will sit perfectly as a standalone item or as part of a group with other items from the collection. The artwork, Expectation, by Gustav Klimt, incorporates flourishing tones of gold and bronze which were inspired by Egypt. This Egyptian art piece illustrates a woman with a side profile as she holds her hands in a structured, elegant position.
Whether you’re a fan of this artist or shopping for a special gift, our Klimt range at John Beswick is sure to be a perfect choice and what better time to honour him than on his birthday?