'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


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.'

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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