Gustav Klimt: Three Ages of Women, 1905. Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome. Klimt (1862-1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects. Klimt's primary subject was the female body; his works are marked by a frank eroticism.