Erika Giovanna Klien

Erika Giovanna Klien (12 April 1900 – 19 July 1957) was an player and art educator.

Erika Giovanna Klien was born April 12, 1900 in Borgo Valsugana, Trentino, Italy. She began her studies at the Vienna School of Applied Arts, also known as Kunstgewerbeschule Wien in Vienna, Austria in 1919 and graduated in 1925. A student of Dr. Franz Cižek, Klien became one of his teaching assistants. In Cižek's course, "Theory of Ornamental Form", Klien was introduced to a further style known as Viennese Kinetism – a style that emphasized bustle and radical vitality, in a way thesame to French Cubism, Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism. After learning very nearly the technique and theories of Kinetism, Klien became one of its leading exponents. After graduation, Klien found it difficult, as did many women, to earn a living as an independent artist. She worked as a billboard graphic artist and taught at the Elizabeth Duncan School, at Klessheim close Salzburg, from 1926 to 1928.

Klien's feign was included in several international exhibitions, such as the Paris Decorative Arts Exhibition of 1925, the Armory Show in New York City in 1927 and the Fourth International Congress of Art Education in Prague in 1928.

In 1928 Klien had a son, whom she kept undistinguished from her family. In 1929 Klien sailed for the United States, bringing behind her hopes for an artistic career and the reform theories of children's art education she had acquired in Vienna. To earn a flourishing for herself and her son, she taught simultaneously at four institutions from 1930 to 1940 – the New York’s Stuyvesant High School, Spence School, Dalton School and the Walt Whitman High School (New York).

Klien became a U. S. citizen in 1938. She died upon 19 July 1957 from a heart invasion in New York City.

Klien's son Walter Klien became a pianist. He died in 1991.

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