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"Gustav Klimt and the Vienna Secession" an art lecture by Denise Erickson

Pacific Art League's art lecture series "PAL Talks Art" presents:

"Gustav Klimt and the Vienna Secession" an art lecture by Denise Erickson.

Tickets are $15 for PAL Members and $20 for non-members. Click HERE to register.

Formed in 1897, the Viennese Secession of 19 artists and designers who rejected the conservative attitude of the Art Academy in favor of a more modern experimental approach, saw themselves as a regenerative force at the dawn of a new century in Vienna’s Golden Age.

Gustav Klimt, influenced by avant-garde movements such as Symbolism and Art Nouveau, became the Secession’s first president. This lecture considers the work of this complicated artist and his colleagues, and features the society portraits he made of the fascinating women of Vienna. Full of brilliantly colored patterns floating in a gilded and jeweled atmosphere, the culminating masterpiece of these portraits is Klimt’s famous “Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold”.

About Denise Erikson:

Denise Erickson is a professor of art history at Cañada College (Redwood City, CA) and a celebrated art lecturer.

About PAL Talks Art:

PAL Talks Art is new series of art appreciation lectures at Pacific Art League.

For nearly 100 years, Pacific Art League has been a place to learn how to paint, draw and sculpt, a place to enjoy the arts amongst a community of like-minted people. As PAL approaches our centenary, we now want to offer more opportunities to appreciate and understand art, with a fun and social program of art talks.

Over the coming months PAL will host artists, critics and prominent figures from the art world to share their passion for visual art, through engaging talks and lectures, accompanied by wine and good company.

For more information about Pacific Art League or to become a PAL member, please visit

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