Arnold Schoenberg – Portraiture and Failure

Arnold Schoenberg – Portraiture and Failure

Date and time

Monday 2 December, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Gemma Blackshaw

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This talk, by the curator of the Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900 exhibition, will focus on the short-lived career as a portraitist of Arnold Schoenberg, more usually considered for his contributions to music than to painting. It will look at the people who agreed to sit for him, the reception of his portraits following his first one-man-show in Vienna in 1910, and their problematic status as 'failed' works of art.

Gemma Blackshaw

Gemma Blackshaw is Reader in Art History at Plymouth University. She is co-author of 'Madness and Modernity: Mental Illness and the Visual Arts in Vienna 1900'.

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

The events programme for 'Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900' is kindly supported by Martin Halusa

Image above: Detail from Gustav Klimt, 'Portrait of Amalie Zuckerkandl', 1917–18 © Belvedere, Vienna. Donated by Vita and Gustav Künstler