At age 14, he took the entrance examination to the Viennese School of Arts and Crafts, which he passed. Klimt studied other artists like Venetian Renaissance Titian and the Flemish Baroque Peter Paul Rubens.
There was a turning point in Klimt’s artistic style when he lost both his father and brother in 1892. The deaths deeply affected Klimt and inevitably his artistic style, which became more symbolic in nature.
The “Golden Phase” refers to a period of Klimt’s later art style where he utilized gold leaf in his artworks. It is believed he was inspired by the artworks he saw from his travels to Ravenna and Venice in Italy.