Drawings of Klimt and Schiele

252 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type

Things to do


Date of travel

January, 2018

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with


Reasons for trip

We had seen their works in Vienna and at other exhibitions in London. This was a different aspect of the art of the Secession: two collaborative artists, a generation apart, working in the most intimate medium available.

Klimt’s life-sized canvases resplendent in gold are famous, but his preparatory drawings for some of them are fascinating. If few of the notorious Schiele portraits of cadaverous nudes were displayed there were delicate pencil and wash images of children, his wife and other family members and friends. There was also one of his landscapes and some brilliant chrysanthemum paintings – an altogether different presentation of his talent.

The exhibition also reveals the nature of their collaboration on a magazine illustrating the aims of Secession and poster designs for its exhibitions. In the small Sackler Galleries it could have been claustrophobic but restricted admission numbers allowed plenty of time and space – quite the opposite of a blockbuster show.

If in general Schiele’s drawings were more impressive than Klimt’s it can be explained by their different purposes. Most of Klimt’s drawings seemed to be preparatory, as with the portraits in the same series as ‘The Kiss’. Schiele’s, while they may have prepared the way for paintings, were relatively finished works, some complete in themselves. It is fair to note, however, that one of the finest examples in the whole display was a chalk portrait by Klimt that drew the viewer in towards minute study. A photograph does not do it justice.

Unlike the aforementioned blockbusters this was a contemplative experience for every visitor, one for which we should be deeply grateful to the collaboration between the Royal Academy and the Albertina Museum in Vienna, which made it possible.


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.