Peter Vergo

Peter Vergo

Peter Vergo, born 1947, studied languages and history of art at Cambridge University. He is an internationally recognized expert on German and especially Austrian art of the 19th and 20th centuries. The success of his exhibition ‘Vienna 1900’ (Edinburgh International Festival 1983) led to the award of the Goldenes Ehrenzeichen (Golden Order of Merit) for services to the Austrian Republic. His career as a teacher at the University of Essex extended over four decades, culminating in three years (2007-10) as Professor and Head of the Department of Art History and Theory. His numerous publications include Kandinsky: Complete Writings on Art (New York 1994) and a two-volume study of the relationship between music and the visual arts: That Divine Order (2005) and The Music of Painting (2010). His monograph Art in Vienna: Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele and their Contemporaries is considered the standard text on this subject, and has recently been re-published in a new, expanded edition by Phaidon Press. He is married with two grown-up children and two not so grown-up grandchildren.