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Leopold Museum

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Leopold Museum

The Leopold Museum also boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of Austrian modernism. Based on a selection of the Austrian art of the early 1900s, including significant works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl, Anton Kolig, Herbert Boeckl, Alfred Kubin et al., it traces the gradual transition from Art Nouveau to Expressionism. While Gustav Klimt's expressive Death and Life painting has definitely become the museum's main attraction, it should be noted that Egon Schiele's graphic works (the Leopold Museum owns the world's largest collection of Schiele's art) offer a much more exciting and unique experience. Unlike most works on paper by other masters of his time, Schiele's drawings and watercolours demonstrate a very independent grasp of composition. For him, the unique means of expression was line: he used only drawing, sometimes even just the lines of a silhouette, to depict not only formal situations and their spatiality but also emotions. Schiele's virtuoso linearity and expression was unrivalled among the Expressionist circles of the time; as a great graphic artist, he holds a special place in Austrian Modernism - sometimes compared to Michelangelo's role in Renaissance art.

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