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13 May 2019ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 19.30 pm followed by Craftsmanship and Sensuality: Gustav Klimt and Vienna Secession
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 19.30 pm followed by Craftsmanship and Sensuality: Gustav Klimt and Vienna Secession Frank Woodgate Monday 13 May 2019

Trained in decorative as well as fine arts, Klimt sought to break free from the traditional distinctions between the two. His fascination with Egyptian and Byzantine art enabled him to produce sumptuous art incorporating gold leaf and mosaics in works which were frequently highly erotic and beautiful, and occasionally disturbing. He was particularly interested in the female form, showing women as alluring, but often dangerous, as the femme fatale. He was a founder member and first President of the Vienna Secession, a progressive exhibiting organisation set up to challenge the more conservative academic practice towards the end of the 19th century.

Frank Woodgate has been lecturer and Guide in Tate Britain and Tate Modern since 2000, and from 2008-2010 on P&O cruises on behalf of the Tate.  He has lectured to Arts Society audiences in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Gibraltar, Australia and New Zealand.  He lectures and runs courses for Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pallant House (Chichester) and the Art Fund (UK and Guernsey).