Musée d'Orsay: Vienna 1900. Klimt, Schiele, Moser, Kokoschka

Vienna 1900. Klimt, Schiele, Moser, Kokoschka


Gustav Klimt
 Rosiers sous les arbres [Rose Bushes under the Trees]
 Circa 1905
 Oil on canvas
 H.110; W.110 cm
 Paris, Musée d'Orsay
Gustav KlimtRose Bushes under the Trees© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Gérard Blot
For the art world of Vienna, capital of the Austro-Hungrian Empire, the period from the turn of the century until the outbreak of the first world war was one of dramatic change. Klimt, Schiele and Moser all died in 1918. In particular, the two decades saw the seamless transition from Symbolism to Expressionism.

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


Exhibition catalogue
Klimt, Schiele, Moser, Kokoschka, Vienna 1900
Ashgate Publishing

5 October 2005 - 23 January 2006

Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais

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