FINE ART Autumn 2023

As in previous years, the gallery is showing two major exhibitions simultaneously this autumn. Alongside a dense offering of contemporary art, masterpieces from Austrian artists around the turn of the century will be on display, as well as highlights from the classical modernist movement.

Vienna's art around 1900 and Expressionism, with its outstanding protagonists such as Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, and Max Oppenheimer in Austria, and Emil Nolde in Germany, fascinate a global audience and ensure packed museums. This is reflected in a consistent increase in the prices of their works on the international art market.

Two expressive drawings by Egon Schiele from the year 1916 will be exhibited. One depicts a seated figure leaning over her garter - likely his wife Edith was the model - and a baby, Schiele's nephew Anton Peschka Jr., from the same year, characterized by his distinctive expressive lines and the mannered, enigmatic V-shaped finger gesture that also appears in the artist's portraits and large oil compositions.

From Max Oppenheimer, another protagonist of the Austrian avant-garde, who will be the subject of a wide-ranging retrospective at the Leopold Museum from October 6, 2023, to February 25, 2024, we present the virtuosic and simultaneously empathetic "Lilac Bouquet" from 1933. Oil paintings by Max Oppenheimer, who emigrated to the USA via Switzerland in 1938, are now mostly admired within museum contexts and count among the absolute rarities in the art market. Oskar Kokoschka, another major trailblazer of Austrian Expressionism, is represented by a late, intensely colorful watercolor of flowers from 1972. In contrast to these two Austrian Expressionists, works by the color virtuoso Emil Nolde will be shown, including a painting featuring intensely yellow sunflowers and a rare landscape titled "Evening Atmosphere by the Lake."

Two focuses are dedicated to the Creations of Norbertine Bresslern-Roth and Oskar Laske, whose works have been increasingly recognized in recent years through museum exhibitions. The exhibition will feature interesting watercolors, gouaches, and linocuts.

As customary, a wide ranged, scientifically researched catalog will be released alongside the exhibition.

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