ASA and Louise Devinish Host New Webinar on The Wiener Werkstätte: Its Creation and Legacy

HERNDON, Va. - March 28, 2023 - PRLog -- ASA and Louise Devenish ( have partnered together to host a new webinar: The Wiener Werkstätte: Its Creation and Legacy ( The webinar will air May 18, 2023, from 1:00pm -3:00pm ET.

In 1897, the renowned Vienna School of Fine Arts experienced a significant shake-up as many of its top faculty members, including Josef Hoffman, Koloman Moser, and the legendary Gustav Klimt, demanded change and modernism be introduced into the curriculum. Thus, the Vienna Secessionists were born.

Fast forward to 1903, and Hoffman, Moser, and Fritz Waerndorf founded 'The Wiener Werkstätte', an organization with the noble goals of reforming the applied arts through education and training, establishing direct contact with artists and artisans, and promoting the economic interests of its members.

In this webinar, we'll delve into the factors that led to the emergence of modernism, which was designing a new world throughout Europe in the early 20th century. We'll also discuss the genius of Klimt and mosaic artist Leopold Forester, and how their innovative approach to portraiture revolutionized the art world in the early 1900s.

We'll take a closer look at the Purkersdorf Sanatorium, which boasts a handsome exterior and a revolutionary interior design, and we'll explore how the decorative arts were successfully integrated with fine arts, leading to the valuation of both within the same price range.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of modernism and its impact on the world of art and design! Attendees will receive 2 hours of CE credit. Anyone who is interested in the arts or fine & decorative arts, and who enjoys history will benefit from this class offering.

Registration is available online at or (800) 272-8258.


Louise Devenish is an independent professional appraiser & educator. She specializes in Fine and decorative arts, particularly American and European furniture and decorative arts from the 16th century to contemporary. She is a certified member of AAA. She has taught extensively for over twenty-five years at both New York University and Parsons/The New school. Currently she is offering online educational "connoisseurship" webinars that highlight different historic periods, specific celebrated designers, artists, sculptors, and collectors.

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