If Austrian artist Gustav Klimt were around for his 140th birthday on July 14, he'd probably be a happy man. A controversial artist whose erotic and sensual works were once scorned for their "unclear ideas through unclear forms," Klimt is now enjoying a splash of dead-artist celebrity, with his influence popping up in ads, restaurants and even shoes. O.K., maybe he wouldn't be that happy. --By Heather Won Tesoriero


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