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Past Exhibitions: 2005

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele: Draftsmen of the Vienna Secession

February 26--May 22, 2005

The Museum of Art is fortunate to be able to show a remarkable selection of drawings by two Viennese masters, drawn from a noted private collection. Gustave Klimt (1862-1918) and his follower Egon Schiele (1890-1918) were among a group of avant-garde artists at the turn-of-the-century known as the Vienna Secession. The Secessionists embraced the belief that art--music, architecture, crafts, and the visual arts--could renew and elevate humanity.

Although Gustav Klimt is best known for his exquisite paintings, he actually preferred drawing and was a prolific draftsman. He developed a reputation as a portrait painter of elegant women, but in his drawings a sense of eroticism and exoticism dominates. The sinuous line, revealing poses, and intimate mood of his figure studies, which he produced in the thousands, underscore that Klimt's Vienna is also the Vienna of Sigmund Freud. Egon Schiele was also a skilled draftsman; scholars of both artists have cited the influence of Auguste Rodin on their work, particularly in their ability to seek expressive meaning in unconventional poses.

Klimt drawing

Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918)
Seated Nude
Colored pencils
Anonymous loan

Schiele drawing

Egon Schiele (Austrian, 1890-1918)
Seated Nude in Black Stockings
Watercolor and pencil
Anonymous loan