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Mill Under Evening Sky, c. 1916

Leopold Museum,
Mixed media on paper on canvas
109×140.2×2.5 cm


  • Robert Russ

    (Vienna 1847–1922 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In Mill Under Evening Sky, Robert Russ (1847–1922) falls back on a motif from his early creative years: but unlike in Mill in South Tyrol of around 1875, the pictorial elements are welded into one consistent atmospheric whole by the warm light of the setting sun in this late work, which presumably dates from 1916. The time of day as well as the old mill in a state of decay can be interpreted as metaphors of transience. Russ takes up a motif of Romanticism here, but renounces its meaning. The subject serves him to depict the effect of light on surfaces in his unmistakably distinctive painting style. The works from the later creative career of the artist, who had still received important official commissions in the late 19th century, like the decoration of the Natural History and Art History Museum and the Burgtheater, were no longer to the tastes of the era and hardly ever seen in exhibitions.

Object data

Mill Under Evening Sky
c. 1916
Art movement
Atmospheric Impressionism
Graphic work
Mixed media on paper on canvas
109×140.2×2.5 cm
Signed lower right: ROBERT RUSS
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2118
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Meisterwerke Leopold Museum, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Köln 2018.
  • Andrea Winklbauer: Robert Russ, 1847-1922, Monographie mit Verzeichnis der Gemälde, hrsg. von Marianne Hussl-Hörmann, Wien 2016.
  • Verborgene Schätze. Kunstwerke suchen Paten!, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2016 (Ausst.-Broschüre Leopold Museum, Wien, 29.01.2016–22.02.2016).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Auktion: 18.05.1983, Dorotheum Wien, 467. Kunstauktion, Los nr. 430a (Abb. Tafel 49);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1983-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

  1. Andrea Winklbauer, Robert Russ 1847-1922. Monographie mit Verzeichnis der Gemälde, Wien 2016, S. 230, Nr. I. 449

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