• December 4 at 2:00 pm
Talks - Conférence

You are invited to an online talk on the theme: Artist portrait Gustave Klimt on Saturday, December 4th at 2PM.


This talk is co-presented with the Toronto Public Library.

Please note that this talk will be in French only.

To pronounce Gustave Klimt's name is to invoke a golden universe, populated by symbols, magnificent and terrifying women and interwoven and stylized shapes. Klimt is a major figure in the Vienna Secession (1898-1906) and more generally in Art Nouveau. “Secession”, “new”: these words indicate the breakthrough the artistic movement offers from the past. In the art nouveau, one feels the rise of an intense fascination for the shapes, which will take more and more place until approaching abstract art. With Klimt however, nothing is abstract, everything has a meaning: his artworks are riddled with symbols. Each Klimt painting is not only a harmony of colors and shapes, or a precious object when gold shines the paintings. They also tell wonderful stories that beg to be interpreted. They say ''the devil is in the details''. It is not necessarily the devil who hides in the detail of Klimt's canvases, but you are not immune to meeting the burning gaze of a femme fatale.

It was precisely the representations of domineering women, often taken from mythology, that made Klimt famous. It would be a shame, however, to reduce his work to these women alone. The artist has worked on magnificent landscapes, allegories, sets and many other supports. Experimental, curious, talented, he accompanied the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries by offering a fascinating work which, even today, has not aged a bit.

Through a selection of works, we will dive with Ophélie Delacour into the artist's life and discover all that he has contributed to the history of art. Linking his personal history, the historical context and his works, the online guided tour is suitable for all levels; curious, amateurs or professionals of culture.

Note: Klimt's work is strongly tinged with eroticism and these themes will be addressed in the talk.


This talk is part of a cycle of 3 online talks: 

  • Édouard Manet // Saturday, October 2, 2021
  • Gustav Klimt // Saturday, December 4, 2021
  • Marcel Duchamps // Saturday, March 12, 2021


Who is your guide?



Passionate about art and culture, Ophélie Delacour has a degree in cultural mediation from the École du Louvre in Paris. For several years, she has been working as a tour guide and organizing visits to the different districts and masterpieces of Paris (Latin Quarter, Montmartre, Eiffel Tower). In 2019, she came to work for a year for the Alliance Française de Toronto and the first online guided tours were set up during the Covid-19 crisis. She is now back in France, where she works in Draguignan as a cultural mediator at the Hôtel Départemental des Expositions du Var. It is from the Mediterranean coastline that has welcomed and inspired so many great artists that she continues to lead online lecture series in Toronto.


How does it work?

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