Ellipse - Inspired by Gustav Klimt, b. 1862 - 1918. Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter. He met Louise Floge who became his companion. He designed many costumes that she made and modeled in his paintings. Gold leaf was included in many of his works and this period was marked as his "Golden Phase". Not unlike Klimt, I too, am attracted to decorative art and the use of gold, silver and copper leaf in my paintings.