The Leopold

The Leopold  was our final museum. I met new painters I had never heard of and that art (like beauty) truly is in the eye of the beholder. I learned to appreciate the time spent and effort exerted of all the creatives whose works were on display. I learned that it really is ok to walk right by some displays or stop and peruse as much or as little as I wanted! How liberating.

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That’s me on the left with our youngest daughter.

There is a permanent exhibit for Egon Schiele, a protégé of Klimt and known for his many self-portraits. I did like a few of those but I was especially drawn to his landscapes and cityscapes.

 

New artist “friends” I met…

 

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The Annex and More Klimt

**My apologies for double posting some of these photos. I should have looked at the previous one first! Boy, is my face red!!!

Still museum hopping in Vienna… We came upon this small, unassuming building (which later we learned was called the Secession) with a sign at the front directing us inside to view Klimt’s art. We followed.

Even though this frieze is unfinished, it’s still a very beautiful piece of work. This isn’t the entire frieze – it spanned 3 walls – this are just the parts I liked. (To see the entire frieze, click here).  I was absolutely enthralled with all the gold leaf that was used. It looked different from every angle!

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Klimt – Vienna

Continuing my summer travels, no trip to Vienna should be without visiting at least one art exhibit. And there are SO many to choose from. So many, in fact that I just couldn’t decide which one to see first! I had it in my head that I would be determined to see as much Klimt as I could, so armed with my lists of galleries, museum apps and Google Maps at the ready, we set off…

We actually went to three, besides the Kunsthistorisches (the National Art History Museum) – the Belvedere (Palace), the Leopold and Seccesion.

I was and still am amazed at the delicate detail of his faces. They are so life-like, I can just about imagine reaching out and feeling the soft skin. And I love his Gold Phase along with all the vibrant colors he uses!

More amazing is the frieze near the ceiling over the staircase! To view, there is a telescope (with a Swarovski crystal lens) on the lower landing facing the paintings. While I couldn’t find how large these particular paintings are, I’m thinking they must be life-size or larger considering how much detail you can see from across the hall. How I would have loved to have visited during Klimt’s 150th anniversary a few years ago when the museum had installed a bridge where, for the first time, visitors could get a close-up view of the paintings here and the Beethoven frieze in the Seccession building!

While pictures don’t show off the paintings like they should, but they are proof that I was there!

Enjoy…

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