Lot 553: ALS in German, one page, 5.25 x 7, no date. Untranslated letter to well-known playwright and journalist Hermann Bahr, thanking him for sending an article. In fine condition. Beginning his career as an art critic, Hermann Bahr was an outspoken proponent of modernizing the Austrian cultural scene. His friendship with Klimt centered on this common cause, and the two were leading figures in the 1897 Vienna Secession, for which Klimt served as the first president. Shunning the Academicism and conservatism of the Vienna Kunstlerhaus, and celebrating art free from social and political constraints, the Secession enjoyed great success until disbanding in 1905. A scarce letter connecting two major figures in the modern art world.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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