Definition of Sezession in English:


(also Secession)


  • A radical movement involving groups of avant-garde German and Austrian artists who, from 1892, organized exhibitions independently of the traditional academies. The Vienna Secession founded by Gustav Klimt in 1897 helped to launch the Jugendstil.

    • ‘I don't know if you're familiar with Bad Boy Klimt, the project that I did for the Secession in Vienna.’
    • ‘The Nouveau Art movement in Austria was called the Secession.’
    • ‘The fourth and fifth installments in the series ‘Die Regierung’ will be mounted at the Secession in Vienna, and the Witte de With Center for Contempory Art in Rotterdam, later this year.’
    • ‘The artist was proficient in German and in 1894 and 1897 he visited Vienna, his second visit coinciding with discussions relating to the formation of the Viennese Secession, during which he perhaps made the acquaintance of Gustav Klimt.’
    • ‘In 1905, following a series of disagreements with other members of the Sezession several others leave the group, and form a new association called the Kunstschau.’
    • ‘The variety and subtlety of his late paintings and his improved sense of design indicate that he had carefully observed certain expressive and compositional techniques used by Secession artists.’
    • ‘One of the most stunning pieces in the exhibition is a dramatic, dark-blue art nouveau cigarette case, which has a rose-cut diamond serpent snaking across it, evoking the Vienna of the Secession rather than the St Petersburg of the Tsars.’
    • ‘The Secession announced itself publicly by constructing a temple to art in Vienna, a Secession building, designed by Josef Maria Olbrich in 1897.’
    • ‘Especially in the Austrian empire, the Sezession movement was started as an obvious rebellion against the rigid art world.’
    • ‘Kiesler lived through the Secession movement in his native Vienna, Surrealism in Paris and Abstract Expressionism in New York.’
    • ‘Born in 1897 in Bratislava, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Derra de Moroda studied ballet, yet first became known as a modern dancer, making her debut at Vienna's anti-establishment Sezession in 1912.’
    • ‘Kavrakov said the houses display elements from central European (predominantly Viennese) Baroque and mainly Secession.’
    • ‘He settled in Munich in 1891, and was a founder member of the Sezession, exhibiting pictures in which Symbolist and Impressionist influences are clearly visible.’
    • ‘Discontent with the conservative attitudes of the Viennese Artists' Association led him and a group of friends to resign in 1897 and set up their own organization, the Sezession, of which he was elected first president.’
    • ‘The graphic arts flourished in Vienna in the early twentieth century and Secession artists such as Klimt, Egon Schiele, Kolo Moser, and others created powerful posters in vibrant colors.’
    • ‘There is a confluence of the two currents in a reception room Peche created in 1913 for the forty-fifth Secession exhibition in Vienna.’
    • ‘Through her he became associated with the Sezession movement and, through the encouragement he gave them, he became the focal point of the younger generation of composers such as Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, and Zemlinsky.’
    • ‘Strangely, however, the taut skin and vaguely pharaonic interiors of the Isozaki museum may just about hint at Schindler's formative academic milieu (the Secession and Wiener Werkstatte) before the First World War.’
    • ‘Despite the attacks, Klimt presented Medicine at the 10th exhibition of the Secession group in 1901.’


German, literally secession.



/ˌzeɪzetsɪˈəʊn//German ˌzetsɛˈsioːn/