Thursday, March 12, 2009

Austria-vienna secessioin

I picked Austria because one of my favorite painters, Gustav Klimt, was born there. He was a Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. The Secession was formed in 1897. Unlike other movements, there is no one style that unites the work of all artists. Their motto was "to every age its art and to art its freedom". Secession artists also concerned with exploring the possibilities of art outside the confines of academic tradition. They hoped to create a new style that owed nothing to historical influence. His constant tension between ecstasy and terror, life and death was really a basic human concern. He simply painted those pure but sublime-aesthetic qualities using liner ornamentation style. I feel these fluidity has the same connection with my thoughts. I like pure and strong, but some mysterious and eroticism behind.

Danae 1907

The Kiss 1907-1908

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed your description of the movement and how your clarified what about it interested you. Now that you have picked this country and movement, is there something of a tactile nature that intrigues you? Is there something you can start to work with, with your hands? This week should be spent making some free models based on your thoughts about this "tradition".