11/05/2015

An artistic celebration of femininity

Femininity has often been explored by painting’s great masters. Now, you can see for yourself with a visit to Austria and to an art exhibit that showcases female beauty as seen through the eyes of Klimt, Kokoschka and Egon Schiele.

When three Viennese masters celebrate women, beauty and sensuality are front and center. This fall, Vienna’s Belvedere Museum, the renowned home of the largest collection of Austrian art, has brought together a selection of works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka that all illustrate the point. On view? 128 paintings, all almost life-like in size and all skillful in revealing the true beauty of the female body – from a passionate embrace by Schiele, to Klimt’s voluptuous Madonna and Kokoschka’s couple, locked in a blue-tinted embrace. It all makes for a stunning homage to naked confidence and liberated womanhood. Each part of the exhibition, which is divided according to four evocative themes including portraiture, mother and child, the couple and the nude, explores the female form with strength and without consideration of social restriction. Now, all you need to do is go and admire.

“Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka and Women” runs until February 28, 2016 at the Belvedere Museum, Vienna. Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna, Austria. Tel: +43 1 79 55 71 34.

Credit: Goldfish, 1901/02, Gustav Klimt, Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Dübi-Müller-Stiftung, 1980