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Title: Contexts of display for the late work of Gustav Klimt : 1908-1930
Author: Ayres, Sara
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis examines the construction and reception of three interior spaces - one public gallery and two domestic interiors - in which paintings by Gustav KJimt were displayed. The 'Klimt-Hall' in the Kunstschau Vienna exhibition of 1908 showed a variety of paintings by Klimt, including three of his most significant portraits. The second space examined is the lady's salon of the Villa Ast in Vienna, designed and built in 1911 by Klimt's associate, Josef Hoffmann and in which Klimt's Danae (1907/08) was displayed. The third space concerns the display of KJimt's Dancer (1916/17) - both the original and reproduction/s - in three interior spaces constructed in New York and Chicago between 1922 and 1930, each designed by Joseph Urban. Via the examination of these works in the environments created to house them and by considering these works' juxtaposition with the specific, historical women who inhabited and animated these spaces, this thesis aims firstly to recover interpretations of Klimt's painting which may have been overlooked by scholarship. Secondly, this thesis considers the place of Klimt's paintings in social life. Each of these spaces were in some way gendered feminine, either because they were rooms created specifically for a female inhabitant or because they were dominated by images of women, or both. As rooms in which the problematic conjunction of art and woman is foregrounded, these rooms can be regarded as conveying and challenging ideas about the legitimacy and status of feminine identities and their stagings within private and public domains.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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