Death And The Tote Bags

22 Dec


spare egon mask

Husb and I went to the National Gallery in London a couple of days ago mainly to see the exhibition, ‘Facing The Modern, The Portrait In Vienna 1900‘. It’s a fabulous show with paintings, sculptures and drawings from Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka and many others. One of the rooms featured portraits of the dead and dying, which were popular at the time, including the moving drawing of Edith Schiele by her husband just hours before her untimely death from Spanish Flu. He died three days later. Opposite her portrait is a glass case with the death masks of the artists Schiele and Klimt, composer Mahler and the architect Albert Loos. I stopped and drew Egon’s mask. His face seems small, peaceful, with very fine, delicate features. I was very moved by the art in this room; we rarely see such representations of death in our modern society. The only downside to the exhibition are the canvas tote bags in the National Gallery shop which are printed with the deathbed portrait of Edith Schiele. I thought it in poor taste, but maybe I’m being over-sensitive.

6 Responses to “Death And The Tote Bags”

  1. jhv57 December 24, 2013 at 15:46 #

    Reblogged this on JHladikVoss57's Blog and commented:
    Very interesting blogger

  2. Ann Kelcey December 23, 2013 at 09:52 #

    I totally agree with your view about the Tote bags – tasteless & disrespectful.

    • Rosie Scribblah December 24, 2013 at 17:09 #

      There was so much else that they could have used 😦

  3. cavepainter December 23, 2013 at 05:14 #

    A couple of months ago I saw a show on tv that took the death masks of various famous people, like shakespeare and napoleon, and recreated their faces with 3D technology. In some cases, like both of those, there’s multiple masks that are supposedly the real one and so they compared things like the 3D recreations with paintings of those people to see which lined up the best.

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