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Klimt and the Austrian Succession: A Kiss for All the World Douglas Skeggs Wednesday 10 April 2019

The fears and anxieties of Vienna the final years before the Great War found expression in the works of Freud and Mahler and in the haunting paintings of Klimt, Kokoschka and Schiele. Shimmering portraits flecked with gold; hypnotic landscapes of vibrant brushstrokes; erotic dreams of decadence and death reveal a society in search for salvation at a time when mankind had lost faith in its future. It was the 100th anniversary of Klimt’s death in 2018. The lecture traces the course of this brief but always dazzlingly inventive period of art.