Arnold Schoenberg at the Leopold Museum

Arnold Schoenberg at the Leopold Museum

Schoenberg, like Freud, was given a good amount of wall space in the Leopold Museum exhibit. (This reproduction is Schiele’s portrait of Schoenberg.) The painter Richard Gerstl painted the Freud family on numerous occasions and visited their home. Gerstl eventually had an affair with Schoenberg’s lonely wife Mathilde, and committed suicide after Schoenberg finally confronted them. Not a happy story! Schoenberg, like Freud, was little appreciated in Vienna well after WWII was over. His archives (which I studied 30 years ago mainly at the Univ. of So. Calif. in Los Angeles where they had been curated after the composer’s death in Los Angeles) have been repatriated to Vienna, and there is now an official Schoenberg Center with archives and concert space which I intend to visit soon.

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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