'The Erotic Work of Art is Also Sacred'

Sex, Fear, and Fascination in the Art of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna

  • Sydni Zastre University of Alberta

Abstract

The Viennese obsession with sex at the fin-de-siècle was vividly expressed in the artworks of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Their depictions of women demonstrated their fascination with and fear of female sexual pleasure and desire, reflecting a wider societal anxiety and erotic fixation. This paper will analyse selected paintings and drawings by both Klimt and Schiele to explore this dynamic of 'erotic neurasthenia.'

Published
2019-05-04
How to Cite
Zastre, S. (2019). ’The Erotic Work of Art is Also Sacred’. Constellations, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.29173/cons29387
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