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Facing the Modern : The Portrait in Vienna 1900, Hardback Book

Facing the Modern : The Portrait in Vienna 1900 Hardback

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An engaging look at how the middle classes of fin-de-siecleVienna used innovative portraiture to define their identity During the great flourishing of modern art in fin-de-siecleVienna, artists of that city focused on images of individuals.

Their portraits depict artists, patrons, families, friends, intellectual allies, and society celebrities from the upwardly mobile middle classes.

Viewed as a whole, the images allow us to reconstruct the subjects' shifting identities as the Austro-Hungarian Empire underwent dramatic political changes, from the 1867 Ausgleich (Compromise) to the end of World War I.

This is viewed as a time when the avant-garde overthrew the academy, yet Facing the Modern tells a more complex story of the time through thought-provoking texts by numerous leading art historians.

Their writings examine paintings by innovative artists such as Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele alongside earlier works, blurring the conventionally-held distinctions between 19th-century and early-20th-century art, and revealing surprising continuities in the production and consumption of portraits.

This compelling book features works not only by famous names but also by lesser-known female and Jewish artists, giving a more complete picture of the time.

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