Mahler & The Feminine Ideal

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Sunday at 2 PM

Part of the series Sight & Sound

Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and the artwork of KlimtSchiele, and Picasso

In the hit series Sight & Sound, conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. A discussion is accompanied by musical excerpts and on-screen artworks, then a full performance and audience Q&A.

In the early 1900s, artists across all genres were obsessed with the image of the feminine, depicting women as elevated aspirations for redemption and as objects of lust. Mahler was no exception. Kindertotenlieder evokes the composer’s complicated relationship with the idealization of the family and the reality of his life with his infamous wife, Alma.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso from the Scofield Thayer Collection, on view at The Met Breuer through October 7, 2018.


The Music: Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder

The Artwork: Works by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso

Program Detail

Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein discusses the parallels between Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and the artwork of KlimtSchiele, and Picasso, accompanied by musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now and on-screen artworks.
1 hr

20 min

Full performance
Gustav Mahler Kindertotenlieder
Michael Anthony McGee, baritone
25 min

Audience Q&A
15 min

All timings are approximate. 

Sample the Music

Image: Egon Schiele (Austrian, Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna). Standing Nude with Orange Drapery (detail), 1914. Watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper, 18 3/8 in. × 12 in. (46.7 × 30.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982 (1984.433.315ab)

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