Photograph taken with Nikon camera and a 28mm PC lens by Michael Grove in 2001
Symbolism and Art Nouveau.
The Austrians responded enthusiastically to the decorative artifice of Art Nouveau, and Klimt
is almost artifice incarnate
He painted large ornamental friezes of allegorical scenes, and produced fashionable portraits
, uniting the stylized shapes and unnatural colours of Symbolism with his own essentially harmonious concept of beauty.
The "Secession building
" in Vienna, built in 1897 by Joseph Maria Olbrich for exhibitions of the Vienna Secession
Group ... which was founded on April 3, of the same year by artists Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Max Kurzweil, Otto Wagner, and others ...
IS famous for it's Beethoven frieze by Klimt -
which depicts man's search of happiness.
First posted by Michael Grove @zaadz on 19th June 2007 at 8.00am
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