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.
- Especially in the Austrian empire, the Sezession movement was started as an obvious rebellion against the rigid art world.
- 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.
German, literally 'secession'.
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