Portraiture can reveal alienation and identity issues in a certain society arguably better than any other art form.  That’s undoubtedly what one discovers when visiting the ‘Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900’ (till 12th January, 2014) exhibition at the National Gallery in London. Fin de siècle Vienna was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, this multi-ethnic and multi-faith state, which was constantly destabilized by nationalist unrest and eventually collapsed with the F...


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