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Surf at Ragusa, 1887/88

Leopold Museum,
Oil on wood
26×35.8 cm


  • Emil Jakob Schindler

    (Vienna 1842–1892 Sylt)

Currently on display at OG4
The artist Emil Jakob Schindler (1842–1892), who is considered the main exponent of Austrian Atmospheric Impressionism, took frequent trips, for instance in the winter of 1887/88 to Istria and Dalmatia. He was accompanied by his pupil Carl Moll (1861–1945), his wife and two daughters, the older of whom became widely known as Alma Mahler-Werfel (1879–1964). The artist created several renderings of the city Ragusa, including Coast near Ragusa, and was especially interested in the spray of the waves hitting the shore. In the work Surf at Ragusa he compellingly captured the atmosphere of the raging sea with a sketch-like and spontaneous manner of painting. This depiction of the force of nature, which seems unusual for his oeuvre, was created in the context of his illustrations for the Kronprinzenwerk [The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in Word and Picture] initiated by Crown Prince Rudolf: In the volume on the climatic conditions within the Empire, the wind known as Sirocco, which hits Dalmatia from the South, is illustrated with a similar study by Schindler.

Object data

  • Emil Jakob Schindler
Surf at Ragusa
Art movement
Atmospheric Impressionism
Oil on wood
26×35.8 cm
Signature stamp lower left: Schindler
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 123
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Meisterwerke Leopold Museum, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Köln 2018.
  • Leopold Museum Wien. Österreichische Kunst des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, hrsg. von Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, München u.a. 2008.
  • Leopold. Meisterwerke aus dem Leopold Museum Wien, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold und Romana Schuler, Köln u.a. 2001.
  • Aufbruch der Moderne. Meisterwerke aus der Sammlung Leopold, Kestner Gesellschaft ,Hannover 2000 (Ausst.-Kat. Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, 18.06.2000-13.08.2000).
  • Heinrich Fuchs: Emil Jakob Schindler. Zeugnisse eines ungewöhnlichen Künstlerlebens. Werkkatalog, Wien 1970.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Fuchs 1970: 610

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Emil Jakob Schindler, Wien (1892); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1970-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

  1. Nachlasstempel vorne links unten; H. O. Miethke, Katalog zur 86. Kunstauktion, J. E. Schindler´s Künstlerischer Nachlaß, Wien 1892, S. 57, Nr. 112
  2. Heinrich Fuchs, Emil Jakob Schindler. Zeugnisse eines ungewöhnlichen Künstlerlebens. Werkkatalog, Wien 1970, S. 256, Nr. 610: „Meeresbrandung“

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