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The Munich Secession and America

Frye Art Museum
Seattle WA – Jan 24-Apr 12, 2009

Oskar Zwintscher, Der Tote am Meer, The Dead Man by the Sea

Oskar Zwintscher, Der Tote am Meer (The Dead Man by the Sea) (1913), oil on canvas [Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA – Jan 24-Apr 12]

Leo Putz. Sommerträume (Summer Dreams) (1907), oil on canvas [Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA, Jan 24-Apr 12]

The Munich Secession, a vanguard movement that began in 1892, evolved from avant-garde philosophies about art that abandoned historical precedents and became the foundation of many later Modernist developments. The Munich Secession, followed by the Berlin and Vienna Secessions, gave birth to Symbolism, Abstraction and Jugendstil (a German branch of Art Nouveau).

The Frye Art Museum commemorates this influential historical period with the first American exhibition in 100 years. The exhibition is comprised of holdings from their own collection as well as major loans from European museums and private German collectors. It highlights the work of two of the Secession's founders, Franz von Stuck and Fritz von Uhde.

The exhibit also focuses on exemplary pieces from the Munich Künstlergenossenschaft, the artists association (founded in 1858) that is credited with initiating the Secessionist movement. Guest artists invited to join the Munich Secession exhibitions included Pierre- Auguste Renoir, the French Realist painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, American Impressionist Childe Hassam, and Alfred Sisley, the English Impressionist landscape painter.

In addition, three paintings from the first American Munich Secession exhibition (at the Metropolitan Museum Art and the Art Institute of Chicago) are featured, along with an original promotional poster from the 1909 exhibit.


Allyn Cantor

 Sat, Feb 14, 2009