Max KURZWEIL (1867-1916) ✿

Max Kurzweil (1867, Bisenz -1916, Vienna) was an Austrian painter and printmaker who, together with Gustam Klimt, revolutionized the academic pictorial art of the late nineteenth century, becoming part of that group of artists who in Austria proclaimed themselves the Viennese secessionist movement, but known throughout the world as Art Nouveau.
Woman in a Yellow Dress, oil on Canvas 1899
Max Kurzweil studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with Christian Griepenkerl and Leopold Carl Müller, and attended the Académie Julian in Paris from 1892, where he exhibited his first paining at the Salon in 1894. He was co-founder of the Vienna Secession in 1897, and editor and illustrator of the influential Secessionist magazine Ver Sacrum (Sacred Spring).
Kurzweil was also professor at the Frauenkunstschule, an academy for female artists in Vienna. In 1905, he was awarded the Villa Romana prize. His later works show influence from Edvard Munch and Ferdinand Hodler. As a consequence of private circumstances, made worse by his innate sense of melancholy, he committed suicide in 1916 together with his student and lover, Helene Heger. Despite his relatively short career, Kurzweil belongs to the most significant representatives of the Viennese Secessionist movement.

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