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.

Is the Gideon Sundback Google doodle Firefox unfriendly?


If you are a Firefox user, you might not be allowed to play with the new, interactive zipper Google doodle. This is because the new zipper Google doodle does not seem to be fully compatible with the Firefox browser.

To mark the 132nd birth anniversary of Gideon Sundback, Google posted an interactive doodle on the home page that features a giant zipper running down the centre of the global search engine’s home page. And if you drag your mouse down to unzip the zipper, it will split the screen, including the search textbox and reveal the relevant results for the name Gideon Sundback.

But some of the Firefox users have reported that on unzipping, the page turns white and no search results appear. They have claimed that on unzipping the home page on the Firefox browser, they are provided with nothing but a blank page, while some users are facing the same error on the page.

Is the Gideon Sundback Google doodle Firefox unfriendly?

However, the error is intermittent and seems to affect only Firefox users.

We checked the same issue on other browsers including Google’s own Chrome, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Apple’s Safari, and it seemed to work fine on them.

Google is believed to use advanced JavaScript and HTML5 elements for many of its fun and interactive doodles, but some of the code isn’t always compatible on all modern Web browsers.

Google has been pushing its Chrome Web browser in a big way, including advertisements in the mainstream media and outdoor hoardings. Advertising approaches that we do not usually associate with Google. Chrome is now the most serious contender to Internet Explorer in the battle of the browsers.