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The Posthof Café in Karlovy Vary, 1895

Leopold Museum,
Oil on wood
12.5×21.3 cm


  • Olga Wisinger-Florian

    (Vienna 1844–1926 Grafenegg)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The Posthof Café in Karlovy Vary of 1895 is convincing because of the spontaneity of the representation, demonstrating the virtuosity of the artist, Olga Wisinger-Florian (1844–1926). She created the painting in the legendary spa city of the fin-de-siècle in today’s Czech Republic. She is less interested in what is going on between the patrons than in the effect of the sunlight. With loose brushwork and, in part, impasto technique, Wisinger-Florian captures the impression, especially the contrasting play of light, on the small wooden panel. The tightly cropped picture detail is also remarkable and betrays the influence of contemporary photography. For Wisinger-Florian, along with Tina Blau-Lang (1845–1916) the most successful painter of Atmospheric Impressionism, plein air painting became very important in the 1890s. More and more, she turned away from tone painting, which she had learned from her teacher Emil Jakob Schindler (1842–1892), and toward impressionistic light painting.

Object data

  • Olga Wisinger-Florian
The Posthof Café in Karlovy Vary
Art movement
Atmospheric Impressionism
Oil on wood
12.5×21.3 cm
Signed and dated lower left: O. WF 95
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1981
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Olga Wisinger-Florian. Flower-Power der Moderne, hrsg. von Marianne Hussl-Hörmann/Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Köln 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, 24.05.2019–21.10.2019).
  • Meisterwerke Leopold Museum, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Köln 2018.
  • Wien 1900. Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Diethard Leopold/Peter Weinhäupl, Wien u.a. 2009.
  • 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/Romana Schuler, Köln 2001.

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Dorotheum Wien (vor 1983);
Kunsthandlung Giese & Schweiger, Wien (1983);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien, (1983-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994)

  1. Telefonische Auskunft von Dr. Alexander Giese vom 12.03.2020

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