Facing the Modern

Shopping Cart Notice

In order to purchase a book title from our shopping cart you must download and install the Mozilla Firefox browser. If you're unable to download and install Firefox, you may also place your order directly from our fulfillment warehouse, Triliteral, by calling 1-800-405-1619. If you have received a promotional code for an event or conference purchase, please mention it when placing your order.
 
Please note that the Triliteral Call Center is open Monday thru Friday, 9 am to 5 pm EST. Due to the influx of calls, wait times may be longer than usual. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

The Portrait in Vienna 1900

Gemma Blackshaw; With a foreword by Edmund de Waal and contributions by Tag Gronberg, Julie Johnson, Doris Lehmann, Elana Shapira, Sabine Wieber, and Mary Costello

View Inside Format: Cloth
Price: $50.00
YUP
Our shopping cart only supports Mozilla Firefox. Please ensure you're using that browser before attempting to purchase.

An engaging look at how the middle classes of fin-de-siècleVienna used innovative portraiture to define their identity

During the great flourishing of modern art in fin-de-siècleVienna, 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.

Gemma Blackshaw is associate professor of history of art and visual culture at Plymouth University.


EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The National Gallery, London
(10/09/13–01/12/14)

ISBN: 9781857095616
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
Publishing Partner: Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press
216 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 1/2
130 color illus.