Paintings of the Vienna Secession 2: Von Alt to Mucha

Unfortunately much Eastern European painting has been neglected too until relatively recently.

The Eclectic Light Company

In the first of these two articles, I showed my favourite paintings by Gustav Klimt, the first president of the Vienna Secession, the most influential and enduring of the art revolutions to spread across Europe at the end of the nineteenth century. Today I show some examples from other painters in that movement in Austria.

The Secession’s honorary president was Rudolf von Alt (1812–1905), who had trained in Vienna and was the most respected Austrian landscape painter of the day. He had travelled extensively in Europe, as far as Crimea, and painted some superb views of Italy. He was ennobled in 1889 for his artistic achievements.

vonaltaltausseelake Rudolf von Alt (1812–1905), Altaussee Lake and Face of Mount Trissel (1859), watercolour, 26.5 x 37.1 cm, Leopold Museum (Die Sammlung Leopold), Vienna, Austria. Wikimedia Commons.

His earlier and mature watercolours are rich in detail, as in his Altaussee Lake and Face of Mount…

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