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ARTH 251 — Vienna, 1900: "Art Nouveau" in the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s): May 3—May 31
Duration: 5 weeks
Drop By
Drop Deadline: May 16
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $225
Format: On-campus course
Status: Open
In the years before World War I, Vienna became a vital center of innovation in the decorative arts, painting, and architecture. Jugendstil, as the Germanic variant of Art Nouveau was called, flourished in the hands of the craftspeople of the Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese Workshops), the artist Gustav Klimt, and many other gifted artists and architects. Central to the formation of this movement were Koloman Moser, Josef Maria Olbrich, and Josef Hoffmann.

In this course, we will immerse ourselves in the rich cultural life of Vienna during these years, from Mahler and Freud to Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. We will compare and contrast the Viennese Jugendstil with variants in France, England, Scotland, and the United States in order to appreciate the special characteristics of the Viennese artists in their milieu.

The course will end with the tragedy of World War I and the end, too, of the amazing spectacle that was turn-of-the-century Vienna. The course will include new photos and research from the instructor’s recent trip to the Austrian capital.

If art history is a passion of yours, you might also be interested in “Stolen Art” and “The Art Market: A Framework for Understanding and Investing.”

Brigid Barton, Professor of Art History, Emerita, Santa Clara University

Brigid Barton’s specialty is European Modernism. She is an instructor for Santa Clara University’s Osher Program, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Cantor Center at Stanford, and the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. She received a PhD in modern European art history from UC Berkeley.