japonisme: some follow-up....

05 December 2007

some follow-up....

i have put together the beginnings of a theory as to why there are so few samples of the floge sisters' clothing design.

they were jewish.

at one point hitler asked klimt to bring by some of his work, but when he learned many of the portraits were of jews, he lost interest.

nazis destroyed many of his pieces for this reason, and as soon as they marched into vienna they also destroyed emilie's shop.

i don't know anything more, including what was in the shop at the time. emilie escaped. the rest i'm still researching.

i find this so repellent.

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Blogger belvedere beads said...

i am stunned - what a terrifying theory. it is so awful i am afraid it must be true.

06 December, 2007 05:32  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i don't know why but i only found your comment tonight. yes, it makes me feel so profoundly bad.

one thing i read said she had taken much stuff with her, and, if i'm remembering correctly, it's still in the archive of her sister. but that doesn't explain none of the work having been shown.

20 December, 2007 18:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Klimt died during WW I. Nazism is a movement of post WW I Germany. Therefore, no contact between Klimt and Nazi anti-semitism is possible.

Nazi art authorities were very delighted to show (or, later, to loot) Klimt's portraits of Jewish women.

27 September, 2009 07:02  

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