The Leopold Art Museum in Vienna is a monumental, classical building in the midst of monumental classical buildings, solid and imposing among Vienna's tributes to the Hapsburgs, to the Enlightenment, to itself. The square asserts its calm power, but inside the Leopold the less respectable paintings of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele are on display.
|Klimt, Death and Life|
|Klimt, The Kiss|
Schiele's paintings, on the other hand, are aggressive, confrontational. Imprisoned for "pornographic drawings at the height of a controversial career, he strikes alliance with the marginal, the outcast, the insane.
|Schiele, Self-Portrait, 1912|