Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau Episode 3: Vienna

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Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau Episode 3: Vienna

Egon Schiele, Self-portrait, 1912
Egon Schiele, Self-portrait, 1912 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In a story that combines scandal and revolution,
cultural correspondent Stephen Smith explores how
Vienna's artists rebelled against the establishment in the late 19th century and brought their own highly-sexed version of Art Nouveau to the banks of the Danube. Looking at the eye-watering work of Gustav Klimt, Smith discovers that Viennese 'Jugenstil' was more than just a decorative delight, but saw artists struggle to bring social meaning to the new style. Revealing the design genius of Josef Hoffman, the graphic work of Koloman Moser and the emergence of the enfant terrible Egon Schiele, Smith unpacks the stories behind a style that burned brightly but briefly at the fin de siecle.
The Kiss 1907–1908. Oil on canvas. Österreichi...
The Kiss 1907–1908. Oil on canvas. Österreichische Galerie Belvedere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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