September 2019

Gustav Klimt

Welcome to The Arts Society Beverley
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:30
The Willerby Manor Hotel, 30 Well Lane
Willerby Hull HU10 6ER

Klimt within the social milieu of Vienna and his charming personality and idiosyncratic art.

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), the leader of the Vienna Secession, learned his skills adorning the new buildings of the Ringstrasse with majestic murals. Yet at the height of his fame he found that he was pushing too far into the avant garde for most of his bourgeois patrons.

His images of the femme fatale are definitive encapsulations of turn of the 19th century decadence and sensuality, and have retained an enduring fascination. Above all, his works are gloriously decorative, exuberantly anticipating Art Deco.

This lecture seeks to locate Klimt within the social milieu of Vienna and to investigate his charming personality and idiosyncratic art.


Mr Tim Stimson

Tim's involvement in art began with the practical; for a number of years he was a professional painter and ceramicist in Scotland and Wales, before returning to university to study literature and the history of art, then training to teach adults. For the last 20 years he has been a freelance cultural art historian, specialising in 17th and 19th century art and society. He now lectures for the universities of Cambridge, Nottingham and Hull; the WEA, the Art Fund and presents residential study courses in Britain and Europe. He has recently completed a month long lecture tour of Western Australia.