Gustav Klimt was born in Vienna and when he was 14 years old, he entered Vienna Austria Museum of Arts and Crafts School to receive 17-year academic basic painting training. After graduation, he, his brother and his friend opened a design studio to paint the murals at home and abroad. His early works basically adopted the methods of traditional expression, which was featured by the rigorous style and strong color. After the establishment of the separatists, he began the exploration of the combination of symbolic and decorative phase style. Judith Ii Salome was based on the biblical story: on the Jewish King Herod’s birthday, the niece Judith Ii Salome danced for his birthday. He had promised to agree to her any request. The niece was ordered by her mother to require baptizing the head of John (because her mother and Herod were accused of adultery, her mother grudged and wanted to revenge). Thus the king beheaded John.
The image of Judith Ii Salome in the painting was placed in a long composition, surrounded by two distinct arc lines. The upper two breasts were full of sexy sense. While the stiff hands showed the murderous look. Her beautiful face implied the remorse. This was a very complex and contradictory artistic image. In the lower painting, the half head of John appeared indistinctly. The painter realistically portrayed the cold face and the bare chest shoulder of Judith Ii Salome and made the rest of the painting filled with various shapes and colorful patterns. This decorative painting hided a tragic impact, intertwined with the contradiction between love and death. Coquettish, death and dream were filled with this decorative space.