Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The Leopold Museum by day:
The Leopold Museum, located in Vienna’s Museums Quartier, is home to masterpieces of the Viennese Secessionist Movement, the Viennese Modernist Movement, and the Austrian Expressionist Movement. It houses the world’s largest collection of Egon Schiele, as well as major works by Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoshka.
Schiele, whose works dominate this museum, fulfills the stereotype of an artist who lived an extreme life. He was arrested for “immorality and seduction” and painted throughout his two-week imprisonment. He died of the Spanish Flu at the age of twenty-eight after creating more than 3,000 works of art over his young life.
Self-portrait by Egon Schiele (above)
The Leopold Museum includes an interesting gallery called the “Psychoanalysis Room.” The psychologist Sigmund Freud, also from Vienna, influenced the artistic themes of his contemporaries. Freud’s themes of dreams, sexuality, the unconscious and introspection are very present in the work of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, among other artists of his time. It is wonderful to imagine Freud, Schiele, and Klimt, all living there in Vienna at the turn of the century. Klimt had even painted one of Freud's patients.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
It was made in Egypt around 2000 BC. The hunting of hippos was meant to symbolize religious power, so this blue-glazed ceramic hippo was a prestigious possession. The piece was titled Nilpferd (which is German for hippo). There is a similar blue hippo at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Below are a few more photos I took within the museum (no flash of course!):Ancient Egyptian sculpture of a couple (above)
Sculpture of Theseus slaying a centaur (above)
Ancient Roman mummy painting, around 2000 years old (above)
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
My favorite piece in the exhibit was this portrait that was also selected as one of the two poster images advertising the show throughout Vienna:
The young woman's slouching pose is very informal compared to the postured poses of the rest of Waldmüller's commissioned portraits. Although her pose may have been a flagrant disregard for the very stiff conventional manners of her time, the more natural pose and direct, thoughtful gaze makes her absolutely alive.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Just back from the art adventure of a lifetime, in celebration of our wedding anniversary. First stop: The Belvedere in Vienna, Austria.
Here lives the largest collection of paintings by the Viennese artist, Gustav Klimt, including one of the most romantic paintings ever created-- Klimt's sparkling gold masterpiece, The Kiss.
The Kiss by Gustav Klimt (above)
The Belvedere is an incredibly beautiful place— Two art-filled palaces with an opulent garden in-between with flowers, fountains, and statues including several sphinxes.
Here is a beautifully designed web site all about the artist Gustav Klimt that features more of his masterpieces: iklimt