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1900: Turn-of-the-Century Culture in Vienna, Paris, and London

We trace fin-de-siècle cultural developments in three metropolitan capitals that proved to be seedbeds of the birth of modernism in the arts and the world of ideas. In Vienna, we track the transformations of 19th-century aristocratic and bourgeois culture and the counterreactions that produced the secession movements of Klimt, Kokoschka, and Schiele. In Paris, we follow the symbolic languages of architecture, urban planning, entertainments, and world’s fairs that show “how Paris became Paris”—a world of boulevards, cafes, dance halls, and plein air painting. In London, we view the emergence of an imperial capital and survey cross currents of culture ranging from nationalist expression to the cultivation of decadence, from Kipling to Oscar Wilde.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the cultural contexts in which turn-of-the century artists, intellectuals, and authors lived and worked
  • A sense of the connections and contrasts between life in Vienna, Paris, and London

Ideal for

  • Anyone with an interest in modern European history and culture
  • Those with a background or interest in 19th-century art and architectural history
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