Centennial: Klimt, Schiele, Wagner & Moser

Centennial: Klimt, Schiele, Wager, Moser

4 artists, 100 years

2018 marks the centennial since the death of four of Vienna’s greatest artists. Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner and Koloman Moser were key influencers of Viennese modernism and have left a lasting imprint on the city’s history and aesthetics.

Klimt, Wagner and Moser were among the founders of the Vienna Secession, where they produced and promoted artworks which were classed as Art Nouveau. Schiele often exhibited his Expressionist works in the Secession and was the subject of an exhibition in 1918. Josef Hoffman and Moser then co-founded the Wiener Werkstätte (Eng. ‘Vienna Workshops’) which focused on modernism and the applied arts.


100 years later…

Most people are familiar with Klimt’s famous painting of Adele Bloch Bauer, which was bought by Ronald Lauder for $135 million in 2006. Aside from his few surviving paintings, Klimt was a prolific artist and also produced many sketches of his models, over a hundred of which Dorotheum has sold!


Schiele’s artworks are also big on the art market, often selling for millions. Dorotheum has had the exciting opportunity to auction a number of his pieces, one of which recently sold for €2 million! Not a big spender? We encourage you to visit the Leopold museum here in Vienna, which holds the largest collection of his works.


Anyone who has taken the U-Bahn to Vienna’s Karlsplatz station has seen Otto Wagner’s unique architectural style. Though he also sketched his ideas and designed furniture, the best way to see his work is to explore the city or take a tour!

Karlsplatz U-Bahn Station

Image CC: Andrew Moore, Karlsplatz Pavillion

Koloman Moser was one of the world’s first graphic artists and a key influencer of 20th century modernist art. Throughout his career he used a variety of media to satisfy his creativity and bring his designs into fruition. Among his artworks sold at Dorotheum are a belt buckle, sketches, paintings, an ink well and a muff necklace which Klimt commissioned as a gift to his lover, Emilie Flöge.


Up for auction

Dorotheum auctions are an exciting way to bring you closer to these artists. Stay up to date with our catalogues and don’t forget to check the lots in our online auctions as well! By registering with myDorotheum, you can also follow artists and receive notifications when a related item is up for auction.


Centennial exhibitions

In order to celebrate the creative achievements of these great artists, there are a number of centennial exhibitions being held in Vienna throughout the year:


Lower Belvedere

Beyond Klimt: new horizons in Central Europe

23 March – 26 August 2018


Lower Belvedere (Orangery)

Egon Schiele: Pathways to a Collection

19 October 2018 – 17 February 2019



Koloman Moser: Universal Artist between Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffman

19 December 2018 – 22 April 2019


Wien Museum

Otto Wagner

15 March – 7 October 2018


Kunsthistorisches Museum

Stairway to Klimt

13 February – 2 September 2018


Theatre Museum

Applications: Koloman Moser and the stage

18 October 2018 – 22 April 2019


Klimt Villa

Klimt lost

5 May – 31 December 2018


For more information on these centennial artists, related exhibitions and guided tours, please visit Vienna’s tourism page!


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