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Small Apple Tree, c. 1875

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
46.5×59.5 cm


  • Rudolf Ribarz

    (Vienna 1848–1904 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Like a still life, Rudolf Ribarz (1848–1904) presents the Small Apple Tree in the foreground of the painting, cropped on three sides by the edges of the picture. Between and behind the thin branches, a view of a river and a small village unfolds in the background. The artist, who counts among the Austrian atmospheric impressionists, contrastively depicts the slender trunk and branches as dark lines against the light. The play of light and shadow continues in the brightly luminous sun reflexes on the leaves and apples, which are characterized by strongly sculptural corporeality. This also becomes evident in an anecdotal detail—a snail crawling up the trunk. What we see here is the poetry of everyday life, which the Austrian atmospheric impressionist often brings into play in a subtle brownish tone that the entire picture is steeped in.

Object data

  • Rudolf Ribarz
Small Apple Tree
c. 1875
Art movement
Atmospheric Impressionism
Oil on canvas
46.5×59.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2002
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 und Romana Schuler, Köln u.a. 2001.
  • Martina Haja: Der Landschaftsmaler Rudolf Ribarz. Eine kritische Werksübersicht, Wien 1976.

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

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