Despite the continuance of the well-established genres and codifications, new aesthetics emerged in portraiture, landscape and allegorical painting. These new forms were sometimes to manifest a deliberately decorative quality.
Naturalistic representation gave way to a stylised reconstruction of reality which led to a reconsideration of viewing angles and the principles of composition and of the role of colour.
This exhibition aims to bring to focus the originality in the paintings of the main protagonists of the Viennese Secession – the movement founded by Klimt and his circle in 1897.
Serge Lemoine, President of the Public Establishment, Musée d'Orsay, assisted by Marie-Amélie zu Salm Salm, art historian
Exhibition organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux and the Musée d'Orsay, thanks to the support of LVMH