As written in the Galleries introduction to the exhibition ..'This exhibition follows the artistic revolution which transformed Vienna into a dynamic metropolis and laid the foundations for life in the 20th century and today'
(Melbourne Winter Exhibition National Gallery of Victoria 2011)
It was a wonderful exhibit of sketches, paintings, furniture ,jewellery and design of the period...the turn of the 20th century in Vienna. It was fantastic to view paintings and sketches by two of my favorite artists Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Also included were Oskar Kokoschka,designers Otto Wagner,Adolf Loos and Josef Hoffman. Specific paintings that i was hoping to see by Klimt and Schiele weren't included in the exhibition so i was a little disappointed .. i have posted these pictures here (small prints i have)...but in saying that there were many,many wonderful paintings and sketches to see. I was fascinated to see the preliminary sketches of one of Klimt's most famous paintings "The Three Stages of Woman", and discovered the work of the artist Carl Moll with whom i was not familiar, but most impressed by, so much so, i purchased two small prints that i love!. The Vienna Exhibition is one i will long remember and feel privileged that i had the opportunity to see it in my home town of Melbourne.
When we finally left the exhibition...it was a bit hard to leave..(sigh!) we enjoyed lunch and a wander around the Gallery and Arts precinct.......... lovely,lovely day!!