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Returning Home before the Storm, 1845

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
90×122.5 cm


  • Friedrich Gauermann

    (Scheuchenstein near Miesenbach 1807–1862 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Genre scenes in an impressive Alpine setting are among the preferred themes of Friedrich Gauermann (1807–1862). In the oil painting Returning Home before the Storm, which boasts a carefully planned composition, the Biedermeier painter conveys an image of nature with gripping dramatics, based on nature studies and yet representing an ideal world of naive charm. An Alpine lodge with spruces and rocks looming dramatically in the background takes up the left half of the picture. A woman is opening the stable door and the farmers are herding their animals into the stable, where they will find refuge. The atmospheric phenomena of the storm clouds are convincingly captured in finely differentiated shades. Clouds contrasting with each other are traveling in concentric circles, opening only in the center of the picture, above the top of the great gnarly spruce. Sunshine breaks through and illuminates the area in front of the hut and the white horse, which thus becomes the main motif.

Object data

  • Friedrich Gauermann
Returning Home before the Storm
Art movement
Oil on canvas
90×122.5 cm
Signed and dated lower left: F. Gauermann 1845.
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2081
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.
  • Rupert Feuchtmüller: Friedrich Gauermann, Rosenheim 1987.

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Josef von Würth, Wien (1845); (1)
Baron Offermann, Wien (o.D.);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1949-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum - Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994)

  1. Rupert Feuchtmüller, Friedrich Gauermann. 1807-1862, Rosenheim 1987, S. 294, Nr. 230
  2. Diethard Leopold, Rudolf Leopold - Kunstsammler, Wien 2003, S. 40f.

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