Gustav Klimt: The early years


Gustav Klimt was an Austrian painter, who was born July 14, 1862 in Baumgarten, near Vienna in, what was then, Austria-Hungary. He was the second of seven children – three boys and four girls. (See:Gustav Klimt’s 150th birth anniversary marked by Google doodle) only on 14th july 2012
His father, Ernst Klimt the Elder was a gold engraver. Ernst married Anna Klimt, whose unrealised ambition was to be a musical performer. Klimt’s childhood was spent in poverty, though he went on to study architectural painting at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts (Kunstgewerbeschule) until 1883.
Gustav Klimt’s early inspiration was Hans Makart, the foremost history painter of the time. Hans Makart went to have a major influence on the careers of Gustav Klimt and other Austrian artists of the time. Makart was a revered artist himself, and a very well known celebrity figure in the high culture circles of Vienna.
Meanwhile, in 1877, Gustav Klimt’s brother Ernst joined him at the Vienna School of Arts, and the two brothers, and their friend Franz Matsch, began working together. They called themselves “Company of Artists”, and became rather popular, receiving multiple commissions. Along with their teacher, they painted various murals in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
Gustav Klimt began his solo professional career painting interior murals and ceilings in large public buildings on the Ringstraße including a successful series of “Allegories and Emblems”.
In 1888, at age 26, Gustav Klimt received the Golden order of Merit from Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria for his work at the Burgtheater in Vienna. He also became an honorary member of the University of Munich and the University of Vienna.
In 1892, tragedy stuck. Klimt’s father and brother Ernst both died, and he had to assume financial responsibility for both the families. That wasn’t the only impact on Gustav Klimt’s life. The deaths affected his artistic vision as well, giving his work a more personal style.
While Gustav Klimt had multiple relationships during his life, he never married. Perhaps his “special one” was an Austrian designer, fashion designer and businesswoman by the name of Emilie Louise Flöge, though the exact nature of their relationship is debated till date.

Blowfish12@2012 Author: Sudharsun. P. R.


Fact for the day:16-06-2012

Notice the logos appearing on your Google homepage around major events or holidays? This is known as the Google Doodle. The first one was dedicated to the Burning Man festival in 1998. You can check out past Google doodles at
The infamous “I feel lucky” is nearly never used. However, in trials it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. Users wanted it to be kept. It was like a comfort button.

Blowfish12@2012 Author: Sudharsun. P. R.

Google doodle celebrates Mother’s Day

Though every child wishes her mom Mother’s Day, but there is someone who is omnipresent and wishes Mother’s Day to all moms of the world. Ubiquitous Google, with its today’s heart-touching doodle, wishes all moms “Happy Mother’s Day”.

It’s just an amazing doodle from Google this Mother’s Day. As you open the Google homepage in your browser, the second “G” of the term Google will appear that symbolizes a mother. Suddenly, a door opens and G’s children surprisingly come running, and wish her Mother’s Day with a flower, hug her and cling to her tightly. But, who are these children? Interestingly, the two O’s in the Google logo turn into kids.

This animated doodle has the complete feel of Mother’s Day. The second G (that represents mother) is wearing a necklace, thereby making it look like a female. The doodle features two O’s as kids, who are standing hand in hand.

As far as color scheme is concerned, all the Google colors – red, yellow, purple, green and blue – are there in today’s Mother’s Day doodle.

Google has been celebrating Mother’s Day with its doodles for a number of years now and the Mother’s Day doodle always has a flower in it.

While Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days in many parts of the world, it is the second Sunday of May (May 13 in 2012) when it is most widely celebrated.

Anna Marie Jarvis, had started a campaign in 1907 following her mother’s death to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the US. In 1912 she obtained trademarks for the phrases “second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day” and established the Mother’s Day International Association. US President President Woodrow Wilson signed a law making the holiday official. But Jarvis was disappointed with the commercialization of the event.

The ancient Greek and Romans also held festivities in honour of their mother goddesses. In Britain and Celtic Europe, goddess Brigid and later St. Brigid were honoured with a Mother’s Day in spring.

On March 21, to commemorate the Arab Mother’s Day, Google had put up a Mother’s Day doodle on its home pages in Arab countries including Egypt, Bahrain, UAE, Jordan, Libya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Mother’s Day 2011 Google Doodle: Last year, the Google doodle had a greeting card feel about it.

Blowfish12@2012 Author; Sudharsun. P. R Source: Google

Archaeologist Howard Carter’s Google doodle

10 things to know

Doodles from Google are not something new, but the homage, these doodles pay to yesteryear artists, denotes a huge honour, and hence are of utmost importance. People, who have been forgotten, are remembered once again through these doodles.

Today’s Google doodle pays homage to an English archaeologist and Egyptologist Horward Carter, who is noted as a discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. Here are the top 10 things that you must know about the doodle and the man behind it – Howard Carter.

1. With a view to mark the 138th birth anniversary of Horward Carter, Google today replaced its usual Google logo with a doodle that includes a wide array of Egyptian treasures that cover the term “Google” and make it barely visible.

google doodle 9-5-12

2. Howard’s important contribution to his field of archaeology was the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, who was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty.

3. Howard Cartern was born on May 9, 1874 in London, and at the age of 17, he was sent out by the Egypt Exploration Fund to help Percy Newberry in the excavation and recording of Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hasan.

4. Even at the young age he was innovative in improving the methods of copying tomb decoration.

5. In 1899, Howard was appointed the first chief inspector of the Egyptian Antiquities Service (EAS). Cartor monitored scores of excavations at Thebes (now known as Luxor).

6. On 4 November 1922, Carter’s excavation group found the steps leading to Tutankhamun’s tomb, by far the best preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings.

7. Following his discovery, Howard Carter retired from archaeology and became a part-time agent for museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

8. Carter has been portrayed by many actors in films and TV shows including John Cleese, Robin Ellis and Pip Torrens.

9. He has appeared as a character in many books. Carter appears as a character throughout most of the Amelia Peabody series of books by ‘Elizabeth Peters’. James Patterson and Martin Dugard’s “The Murder of King Tut” talks about Carter’s search for King Tut’s tomb.

10. He died of lymphoma in Kensington, London, on March 2, 1939 at the age of 64. He was buried in the Putney Vale Cemetery in London., and on his gravestone is written: “May your spirit live, May you spend millions of years, You who love Thebes, Sitting with your face to the north wind, Your eyes beholding happiness” and “O night, spread thy wings over me as the imperishable stars”.