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Name adopted by several groups of painters in Germany and Austria who in the 1890s broke away (‘seceded’) from the official academies, which they regarded as too conservative, and organized their own, more avant-garde exhibitions. The first of these groups was formed in Munich in 1892, its leading members being Franz von Stuck and Wilhelm Trübner (1851–1917), and there were Sezessionen also in Vienna (1897), with Gustav Klimt as first president, and Berlin (1899), with Max Liebermann as first president. When in 1910 a number of young painters were rejected by the Berlin Sezession—among them members of Die Brücke—they started the Neue Sezession, with Max Pechstein a prominent figure.

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