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Olga Wisinger-Florian,

1844 Vienna - 1926 Vienna

Autumnal Alley in Alcsút, 1904
Oil on canvas
96,5 x 132 cm
signed lower right: "O Wisinger Florian"

Literature: From the artist´s diary: 14. 2. 1904: „Die Platanenallee zu zeichnen begonnen, carriert und angefangen.“ 19. 2.: „Zum ersten mal Sonne. Trotzdem zu malen angefangen. Platanenstämme Mitte links mit etwas Hintergrund.“ 20. 2.: „2ter Tag Sonne, wunderschön. Großer Platanenstamm links vorne gemalt.“ 21. 2.: „Gemalt, dann dem großen Platanenstamm herum, noch oben Luft und herunten Weg.“ 22. 2.: „Bei Leo gemalt ein Stück Stämme gegen die Mitte dann etwas Laub hinauf, recht gut geworden, das erste mal, dass ich zufrieden bin.“ 23. 2.: „Herrlich warmes Wetter. Am Weg ein kleines Stück gemalt.“ 25. 2.: „Gemalt am Weg und Stämme rechts.“ 26. 2.: „Gemalt am Boden die ganze Ecke, Vordergrund geschlossen.“ 27. 2.: „Am Bild die schwere Mitte geschlossen, ich plage mich furchtbar damit.“ 28. 2.: „Bei Leo gemalt, Stück Bäume rechts.“ 29. 2.: „Bei Leo, das Bild beinahe geschlossen.“ 18. 3.: „Ich male dann auch noch bei schönster Sonne, und vollende das Bild.“ 21. 3.: „Dann 9 Uhr in den Club um die Bilder zu hängen, die Wände kommen erst um ½ 11, so dass wir erst Nachmittag hängen konnten, furchtbare Arbeit, aber es wird schön, meine Rahmen gekommen, Bilder brillant platziert.“ 3. 7.: „Nach Tisch die Platanenallee übermalt, glänzend geworden, es fehlt nur der Baum links.“

Provenance: István Benedek; private collection, Budapest/New York (since 1953) [István Benedek, probably acquired in Transylvania. Gifted by the above to the present owner in Budapest, 1953.]



Biography

Olga Wisinger-Florian was originally educated as a pianist by Julius Epstein. At almost 30 years of age, she decided to study painting under Melchior Fritsch and August Schaeffer. In 1880 she became a pupil of Emil Jakob Schindler. Her main motif was cultivated nature, especially parks, gardens and flower arrangements. In the late 1890s she changed her focus to forest landscapes. In the late 1880s she moved away from the style of painting she had been taught and arrived at a rich and increasingly iridescent colouring. While her perception of nature had always remained true to the poetic realism of her mentor Schindler, the ensuing decade saw a change in her artistic expression. She became increasingly influenced by the impasto technique, her colouring became ever more dynamic. Thus she was in perfect keeping with the time and even approached French Impressionism. Her artistic expression became more spontaneous and she developed a tendency for dissolving contours. By the early 1880s the artist had already established herself at various successful international exhibitions. She contributed to the Worlds Columbian Exhibition in Chicago in 1893 where she received a medal. That same year she participated in the annual exhibition of the Vienna Künstlerhaus and the Munich Glass Palace. From the 1890s Wisingers works were characterised by an acute observance of the intricacies of nature, with the details of the subject becoming increasingly blurred towards the upper end of the canvas. Throughout her life, the artist dedicated herself to socio-political issues, contributed to the Association of Writers and Artists in Vienna that was founded in 1885 and became a delegate of the New Austrian Peace Movement.