Fin-de-siècle: Sex and drugs and 'la vie moderne'
'Modern life' was something of an obsession for the great French writer Baudelaire, whose influence was vast.
Absinthe was the drug of choice for many of the poets and artists who documented the Parisian demi-monde of cafes, brothels and theatres. Colin Wiggins will consider the influence of both Baudelaire and absinthe on 19th century fin-de-siècle (literally 'end of the century', but used to describe the closing and onset of an era) painting.
On Mondays and Thursdays, focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.
Image above: Detail from Edouard Manet, Corner of A Café-Concert, probably 1878-80
The events programme for 'Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900' is kindly supported by Martin Halusa