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Couple by the Lake, 1897/1903

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
68.1×59.3 cm


  • Ernst Stöhr

    (St. Pölten 1860–1917 St. Pölten)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Ernst Stöhr (1860–1917) grew up in St. Pölten and studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. He was a founding member of the Vienna Secession and a highly productive contributor to the association’s magazine Ver Sacrum. Discernible in all his works is the artist’s attempt to always include his emotional state in his depictions. His works’ symbolic content makes Stöhr one of the main exponents of Austrian Symbolism. A lover of nature, he fled the metropolis for the seclusion of Lake Bohinj in Slovenia. The depicted couple are leaning over a railing on the lakeshore, their gaze averted, looking into the distance. In this work, Stöhr carried out a fragmentation of color reminiscent of George Seurat (1859–1891), whose work he got to know in France. Owing to its vibrant blue and violet hues, the painting conveys a sense of melancholy and wistfulness. Stöhr’s works are characterized by questions about the meaning of life and a reverence of nature.

Object data

  • Ernst Stöhr
Couple by the Lake
Art movement
Impressionism, Symbolism
Oil on canvas
68.1×59.3 cm
Signed and dated lower left: E Stöhr 1897-1903
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2087
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
  • Körper, Gesicht, Seele. Frauenbilder vom 16. bis ins 21. Jahrhundert, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold, Wien 2006 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 09.06.2006-02.10.2006).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Hermine Gallia, Wien (bis 1936);
Margarete und Katharina Gallia, Wien /Sydney (1936-1976); (1)
1938 Ausfuhr nach Australien (2)
Anne Bonyhady, Sydney (1976);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1976-1994); (3)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

  1. Mündliche Auskunft von Tim Bonyhady vom 07.12.2005
  2. BDA-Archiv Wien, Ausfuhrformulare 4300/38, Ausfuhrantrag von Dr. Käthe Gallia vom 17.08.1938
  3. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag vom 05.12.1976; Diethard Leopold, Rudolf Leopold - Kunstsammler, Wien 2003, S. 141-143

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