A fascinating, intriguing and somewhat disturbing documentary . KLIMT & SCHIELE ; EROS AND PSYCHE is the latest in the Art on Screen series directed by Michael Maly looks at the lives of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele , placing them in the context of Vienna at the beginning of the 20th Century and the conservatism , decadence and revolutionary artworks produced at that time in Vienna which became the European capital of arts and thought. It was an era which ended with the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire and the First World War , and the decimation of the artistic world caused by the Spanish flu epidemic straight after. The documentary visits several museums including the Leopold Museum, the Sigmund Freud Museum, the Egon Schiele-Museum, Tulln, the Osterreische Galerie Belvedere and the Albertina Graphic Collection.
It is not just painting that is mentioned – much is made of Freud and his ideas (and how this influenced both Klimt and Schiele) but also the startling revolution in music from the iconic Beethoven and Strauss waltzes to the emergence of Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss (his Salome in particular ) – as well as how there were changes in architecture , crafts and design – eg chairs and glassware as well as some fabulous jewellery .Not forgetting piano manufacture! Continue reading KLIMT & SCHIELE : EROS AND PSYCHE