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Wednesdays, May 3 – May 24, 2 – 4pm


Gustav Klimt. Judith (detail), 1901. Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria / Bridgeman Images

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

In 1897, the painter Gustav Klimt helped found the Vienna Secession movement, breaking away from the conservative art establishment and ushering in a distinct Austrian modernism. Klimt is celebrated for his highly individual painting style—gold-laden surfaces filled with exquisite, jewel-like decoration and sensuous curves. Join us in exploring Klimt’s development as well as this unique period in Viennese art.

Capacity: 100

Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this class; please check safety guidelines for current masking information.

This course will:

  • Increase your understanding of art-related concepts.
  • Increase the ways you think critically about art.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.


Gustav Klimt. Judith, 1901. Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria / Bridgeman Images


Leslie Bowen

Bowen previously taught at Lebanon Valley College, where she received the Nevelyn J. Knisley Award for Inspirational Teaching. A painter, she exhibits extensively and has participated in programs at the Paris American Academy, the Salzburg International Summer Academy, and Southampton College in New York.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?

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