Klimt was born in Vienna. He is probably best known for his portraits and paintings of mythological and allegorical themes. His work exudes a lush sensuality, evoking an age of luxury and optimism before the First World War. In his paintings, the figures are treated naturalistically but their clothing and the background is embellished with richly decorative patterns. Klimt also produced numerous drawings, many of which have an erotic aspect. In 1897, Klimt became the first president of the Secession group in Vienna. He also produced designs for the Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese Workshops).