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Beethoven Frieze: "Longing for Happiness" (Panel 1, left sidewall)

Gustav Klimt1901

Secession

Secession
Vienna, Austria

The frieze takes its theme from Richard Wagner’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and depicts humankind’s search for happiness. To symbolize this yearning, Klimt chose floating genii who lead us into the story, recurring several times in the frieze as a horizontal chain of figures.

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