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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-19, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/socialresearch/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 14 June, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2019.

 

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Sezessionstil


core definition

Sezessionstil is the name given to art nouveau in Austria.


explanatory context

Sezessionstil's chief exponents were architects and designers; Otto Wagner, Joseph Hoffmann, Joseph Olbrich and Koloman Moser. It is also known as "Secession style" and related to the 'Vienna Secession'


analytical review

The Art Story (undated):

SUMMARY OF THE VIENNA SECESSION

The formation of the Vienna Secession in 1897 marked, quite accurately, the formal beginning of modern art in Austria - a nation at the time noted for its attachment to a highly conservative tradition. It was the coalescence of the first movement of artists and designers who were committed to a forward-thinking, internationalist view of the art world, all-encompassing in its embrace and integration of genres and fields, and - highly idealistically - freed from the dictates of entrenched values or prevailing commercial tastes. Led at the beginning by Gustav Klimt, the Secessionists gave contemporary art its first dedicated venue in the city. This, in concert with their official journal Ver Sacrum, not only introduced the Austrian capital to their work, but that of contemporary and historical art movements on a global scale. 
The Secessionists' work provides in large part the visual representations of the new intellectual and cultural flowering of Vienna around 1900, in fields as diverse as medicine, music, and philosophy. Before long, however, internal divisions and difficulties arising from the commercial side of the Secessionists' work ultimately fractured the group's monopoly on the scene for contemporary and decorative arts. Nonetheless, even today the Secession remains a key forum in Austria for the promotion and discourse surrounding contemporary art.


associated issues

 


related areas

See also

art nouveau


Sources

The Art Story, nd., 'The Vienna Secession', avialable at https://www.theartstory.org/movement-vienna-secession.htm, accessed 14 June 2019.


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