spending a few days in Vienna; a sort of coming up for air, looking for inspiration as we approach May Day. Therefore, where better to start than the Belvedare, before moving onto the Albertino; this weekend’s team, Klimt, Schiele, Degas, Monet, Manet, Loutrec, Picasso, Munch, Durer, Gauguin and Kandinsky. Forget the substitutes but the Impressionists, impressed, although, the “New Objectivity” (Neue Sachlichkeit) was neither particularly objective or Sachlich.
Of course, it is all a very bourgeoisie escapism and the real interest was found in a couple of things. Firstly, the amount of housing built in and around the ring by the Social Democratic government in Vienna in the 20s and 30s, before the clerical fascists, began the clear out that the Nazis were to finish off and then, of course, there was Belvedare and me being told that some Prince Regent built it for parties (and, certainly not political ones) and “solche Dinge” (things like that).
Yes, “let them eat cake” and believe me these people make our oligarchs seem like wooly thinking liberals. Indeed, even the King of Saudi would find it difficult to keep in tune with their Weltanschauung. Or, does he actually believe that God gave him the right to rule.
Back to Germany either today or tomorrow and it will be up the Danube looking at churches and monasteries. All part of our cultural heritage, after all!