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Secession I

Secession I Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918) Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), Secession I, 1898. Poster. Color lithograph, 97 x 69 cm. Gift of Bates Lowry. 207.1968. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Klimt adopts the use of white space and asymmetrical design of Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). Goddess Athena, who personified wisdom, is the figure at the right. This ties the text at the bottom of the poster with the frieze-like panel at the top, which depicts Theseus fighting the Minotaur, symbolizing the artistic struggle against philistinism, ironically displayed when this poster was censored: Klimt had to add a tree to hide Theseus’ genitalia.

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Title

Secession I

Subject

Poster for the First Secession Exhibition (censored version) (1. Kunstausstellung Secession)

Description

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), Secession I, 1898. Poster. Color lithograph, 97 x 69 cm. Gift of Bates Lowry. 207.1968. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Klimt adopts the use of white space and asymmetrical design of Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). Goddess Athena, who personified wisdom, is the figure at the right. This ties the text at the bottom of the poster with the frieze-like panel at the top, which depicts Theseus fighting the Minotaur, symbolizing the artistic struggle against philistinism, ironically displayed when this poster was censored: Klimt had to add a tree to hide Theseus’ genitalia.

Creator

Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918)

Date

1898-03-01/1898-06-30

Contributor

The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Rights

Gift of Bates Lowry.

Format

Poster. Color lithograph, 97 x 69 cm.

Type

Poster

Identifier

207.1968

Citation

Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918), “Secession I,” This Kiss to the Whole World: Klimt and the Vienna Secession, accessed April 29, 2017, http://secession.nyarc.org/items/show/4.