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Deadwood in the Forest, 1882 - 1885

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
50.5×66.4 cm


  • Emil Jakob Schindler

    (Vienna 1842–1892 Sylt)

Currently on display at OG4
In the painting Deadwood in the Forest by Emil Jakob Schindler (1842–1892) from around 1882/85, an unspectacular pile of brushwood becomes the dominant pictorial subject. The artist, though, is not interested in a documentary, realistic rendering of this small excerpt of nature, but rather in the atmospheric articulation and the color impressions, which he makes to serve his emotional sensation. Sparkling up amid the concentration of muted browns, grays, and blues are small blots of pure red and yellow. In his sketchy, cursory painting style, Schindler reflects his experience of nature and makes the unassuming motif undergo a poetic transmogrification. It was under the influence of the Barbizon School that the founder of Austrian Atmospheric Impressionism had turned away from the heroic alpine painting of his teacher Albert Zimmermann (1809–1888) and towards the paysage intime, simple everyday motifs of nature.

Object data

  • Emil Jakob Schindler
Deadwood in the Forest
1882 - 1885
Art movement
Atmospheric Impressionism
Oil on canvas
50.5×66.4 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 140
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: Meisterwerke aus dem Leopold Museum Wien, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Romana Schuler, Köln 2001.

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Auktion: 18.09.1962, Dorotheum Wien, 567. Kunstauktion, Los Nr. 100 (Abb.Taf. 56);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1962-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

  1. Heinrich Fuchs, Emil Jakob Schindler. Zeugnisse eines ungewöhnlichen Künstlerlebens. Werkkatalog, Wien 1970, S. 307, WV 901: „Baumstudie“

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