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Art in Vienna

Famous Austrian Painters

Museum of National History, Vienna

Apart from a number of world class museums with breathtaking national and international art collections, Vienna has always been home to excellent artists.

The Museum of Fine Arts was built in 1891 near the Imperial Palace to house the extensive collections of the imperial family.

With its vast array of eminent works and the largest Bruegel collection in the world, it is considered one of the most eminent museums in the world.

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele

Gustav Klimt has started working with his brother Ernst Klimt on decorative paintings, designed for public buildings in Vienna, Bucharest and Rijeka.

Especially his later work is defined by the use of intensive colors, golden backgrounds, ornamental layouts, erotic elements and heavy symbolism.

In Vienna's museums you can admire some of his most famous works. The Museum of Applied Arts is proud of its collection. At the Belvedere you can take in 'Der Kuss' (The Kiss) in all its glory.

Egon Schiele was a friend with Gustav Klimt, who influenced his work very much. He combined an ornamental surface with an expressive style and vivid colors. Schiele's style of painting, which included a lot of nudity and his frequent contact with minors, especially young girls even earned him a short sentence to prison in 1912.

From 1915 to 1918 he was called for duty in the army, where he served as a clerk and in 1917 he got married to Edith, a young girl from the neighborhood. In 1918 Schiele finally managed his break through to popularity with an exhibition and at the 49th Secession gallery.

In Vienna you can admire his major works at the Belvedere.