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Gustav Klimt, whose erotically charged paintings helped earn him an international reputation in the early 20th Century, got a Google Doodle Saturday on what would be his 150th birthday.

Keeping in the spirit of the day, Internet users promptly vandalized his Wikipedia page (1:34 a.m.: “Google, the worst search engine, has made a link to Gustav Klimt…”). A civic-minded user quickly corrected the article.

Google’s not the only one celebrating the birthday. Vienna’s Leopold Museum is marking the event with an exhibit featuring 400 letters he sent to long-time friend Emilie Flöge.

“I wanted to send you a funny card,” reads one, “but first I have to get over the… enormous stupidity of mankind.

“Affectionately, Gustav.”

Klimt made headlines last year when one of his paintings sold at auction for more than US$40-million.

“Litzlberg on the Attersee,” painted in 1914-1915, stolen by the Nazis…

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