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The story of Viennese Art Nouveau is a story of beauty. Stephen Smith, Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau III, BBC 2013
There’s so much more than Klimt. ibid.
Vienna’s artists were the last to arrive at the Art Nouveau ball. ibid.
Klimt didn’t care; he was up for the fight and agreed to become president of the Secessionists. ibid.
YugenStyle was sexual ... There were no rules or diktats. ibid.
Above the door in big gold letters it reads: Der Zeit Ihre Kunst Der Kunst Ihre Freiheit: To The Age It’s Art; To The Art It’s Freedom. ibid.
The Viennese art revolution coincided with a social revolution in the city. ibid.
Otto Wagner designed these spectacular stations of the Viennese underground. ibid.
Koloman Moser: the great all-rounder. ibid.
They were creating the first Art Nouveau buildings here in 1893. ibid.
Brussell’s art nouveau star was Victor Horta. ibid.
The sheer decadence of Art Nouveau made it ripe for criticism. ibid.
The enfant terrible of Viennese art – Egon Schiele. ibid.
Art Nouveau suddenly felt archaic. ibid.
Art Nouveau is as much the last artistic flourish of the nineteenth as it is the first of the twentieth century. ibid.
I never knew the old Vienna before the war with its Strauss music and its glamour and easy charm. The Third Man 1949 starring Orson Welles & Trevor Howard & Joseph Cotten & Alida Valli & Bernard Lee & Wilfrid Hyde-White & Erich Ponto & Ernst Deutsch & Robert Brown et al, director Carol Reed, opening remarks
One city became a hub of new art and ideas that went on to influence the entire world. James Fox, Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities 1/3: Vienna 1908, BBC 2015
Vienna in 1908 was the crucible of the twentieth century. And it gave birth to the best and worst of the modern world. ibid.
A vast exhibition ... Gustav Klimt: In 1908 Klimt was 45 years old. ibid.
The coffee house was also where rebellious thinkers came together. ibid.
Vienna is a handsome, lively city, and pleases me exceedingly. Frederic Chopin
If I speak of Vienna it must be in the past tense, as a man speaks of a woman he has loved and who is dead. Erich von Stroheim
Modernism in Vienna brought together science and culture in a new way to create an Age of Insight that emphasized a more complex view of the human mind than had ever existed before. Eric Kandel
This is the Danube. The most majestic river in Europe. And on its banks stands Vienna, imperial city. This is its story. Simon Sebag Montefiore, Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream, BBC 2016
This is the rise and fall of the House of Habsburg. ibid.
Effectively the headquarters of the Holy Roman emperors. ibid.
Rudolf embellished and promoted both his capital and his dynasty. ibid.
In 1641 it exploded in a savage pogrom against the Jewish community. ibid.
For two centuries Vienna was the frontier between East and West. It was the capital of the Habsburgs, arch-dukes of Austria and Holy Roman emperors. Simon Sebag Montefiore, Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream II
In 1683 catastrophe loomed when the Ottoman Turks laid siege to Vienna. With the city in peril, a pan-European army rushed to the rescue. ibid.
City of art and music, city of ideas. ibid.
This was Eugene, prince of Savoy … He made his name in the battle that saved the city. ibid.
Emperor Leopold faced the superpower of the eighteenth century: France. ibid.
When Charles realised he was never going back to Spain, he decided to recreate Spain in Vienna. ibid.
Josef and Maria Theresa enjoyed fifteen years of troublesome co-rule. ibid.
In the spring of 1814 Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of the French, lost his empire and his throne. Now Europe’s most powerful men arrived in Vienna for the ultimate summit meeting … The biggest party the continent had ever seen. Simon Sebag Montefiore, Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream III
Franz Josef: Now she [mother] schemed to replace emperor Ferdinand with her son. ibid.
A febrile if doomly explosion of activity. ibid.
The Secessionists rejected Vienna’s dull conservative past. ibid.
Freud was from a Jewish family … He moved here in 1891. ibid.
He [Hitler] never forgave Vienna. ibid.