1987 Lower Austrian Provincial Exhibit in Castle Grafenegg/The Age of Emperor Franz Joseph, Part 2
This commemorative stamp shows a detail from Gustav Klimt's "Adele Bloch-Bauer I". The age leading up to the death of Emperor Franz Joseph in November 1916 was an important period in which, particularly in Vienna, the unconscious achieved a major breakthrough in psychology, literature, music, and art. These trends have influenced greatly our way of thinking and behaving. Progress and reaction were just as much alive as departure and restoration. This served not only as the creative basis for numerous reform movements, but also of stagnancy and, in spite of economic growth, much desperation and suffering as well. In the 1987 provincial exhibition an attempt was made for the first time since the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy to compare artistic development in the imperial and royal capital of Vienna with that of Budapest, Prague, Krakow, Zagreb, and Trieste, thereby comparatively documenting growth in regions throughout the Danube Monarchy. Depending on the respective degree of political freedom dependency on Vienna, as well as independent national tendencies which made their way to Paris or London, became recognizable.
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