Fin de siècle Vienna was a tough place for a woman. The wealthy had to stay at home and go quietly mad and the poor worked themselves to the bone and were considered as sexual fair game for wealthy men. It’s no surprise that Freud, working in Vienna at that time, coined the term ‘hysteria’ for distressed women. The wife of the Emperor Franz Josef, the Empress Elisabeth, or Sisi as she was known, was almost an earlier version of Princess Diana – young, beautiful and imprisoned in a system that slowly wore away her sanity. There is a wealth of material for historical romance in these fading years of the Hapsburg Empire – more obstacles to love than you could hope for!
For an insight into the artistic rebellion against this culture join author and artist Phillipa Fioretti for a tour of the exhibition on Friday 12th August at 2pm.
Please visit – NGV 150 Years
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