I recently saw an exhibition at la Pinacothèque (Paris) on the Vienna Secession, an Art Nouveau movement formed in the late 19th century by a group of Austrian artists led by Gustav Klimt. The core of the exhibition is based on a selection of major works by Klimt, from his beginnings until his golden age, including his famous Judith I (1901).
His monumental Beethoven Frieze is exhibited for the very first time in France. A pioneer artistic movement on the edge of two centuries. The frieze is 34m-wide (112ft) and two meters high and is based on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the 14th Vienna Secessionist exhibition, which was intended to be a celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven. Meant for the exhibition only, the frieze was painted directly on the walls with light materials. However it has been preserved and is not on permanent display at the Vienna Secession hall.
I have been impressed by the geometrical patterns with excessive golden decorative effects – in reference to his father, a gold engraver.