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The MFA Boston: Fine Art in the New Media – Gustav Klimt, and Egon Schiele

March 21, 2018, by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.

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Fine Art in the New Media

How well does a museum use New Media Technology to fulfill its mission to make Art accessible to everyone, everywhere. In a number of prior posts, we focused on the theme “Can You See It From Here?” to see how much of an exhibition a museum would put online so that it may be seen by everyone. The range has been from a few examples of the work to a full display on-line of all of the works in that exhibition.

The Exhibition

“To mark the centenary of the deaths of Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and Egon Schiele (1890–1918), the MFA [Boston] presents an exhibition of rarely seen drawings by the Austrian artists on loan from the Albertina Museum in Vienna.” The exhibition consists of a curated selection of 60 drawings by Kilmt and Schiele.

What Can You See From Here?

Instead of displaying the drawings and counting how many you may see online, we’ve chosen to present one drawing by each artist.

However, we want to focus not only on these two drawings, but to examine what the MFA says about the artists, and their styles to see whether these two elements are meaningful, that is meaningful for someone in Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, Russia,  China, Europe, and someone in Boston itself who, for whatever reason, cannot attend the exhibition.

Klimt Schiele – One Drawing Each

First, examine each drawing above and below for yourself, for however long you want, to form a visual, emotional, and intellectual sense of the works.  Actually, its how you see the work which is the most important aspect of looking at art.

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Then, read the brief test excerpts from the MFA’s website, and determine whether they add to or hinder your view of these two works. Note: These are not the lengthy wall tags that often distract the viewer from the art.

The MFA: Why These Two Artists?

“To mark the centenary of the deaths of Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and Egon Schiele (1890–1918), the MFA presents an exhibition of rarely seen drawings by the Austrian artists on loan from the Albertina Museum in Vienna. “Klimt and Schiele: Drawn” examines both the divergences and compelling parallels between the two artists—particularly in their provocative depictions of the human body. Nearly 30 years apart in age, Klimt and Schiele shared a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s talent.” (All quotes: MFA.org.)

Their Work – the MFA:


“Their work is decidedly different in appearance and effect: Klimt’s drawings are often delicate, while Schiele’s are frequently bold. Klimt often used these sheets as preparatory designs for paintings, while Schiele considered his drawings to be independent pictures and routinely sold them. Both deployed frank naturalism, unsettling emotional resonances, and disorienting omissions to challenge conventions and expectations in portraits, nudes, and allegories. ”

Their Work – Your Conclusion:

What do you think of the method of this post, showing one work from each artist, along with brief quotes from the MFA?

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