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Dachstein with Gosausee, 1834

Leopold Museum,
Oil on wood
31.4×25.5 cm


  • Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller

    (Vienna 1793–1865 Hinterbrühl near Mödling)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In the early 19th century, Vienna’s nobility increasingly explored the Alpine regions of the monarchy. This interest in the local mountains was also reflected in the motifs of Viennese Biedermeier painting. Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (1793–1865) had studied the motif for his 1834 painting Dachstein with Gosausee on site: The foreground shows the beginning of the shore, where the artist was standing, as well as the lake whose surface mirrors the snow on the mountains. The middle ground is taken up by the ascending forest and the first darkened rocks, while the background reveals the dominant motif of the Dachstein massif with its luminous white glaciers. Despite all the staging – from darkness towards light – the artist was less concerned with symbolically charging the composition (as was common in German Romanticism of the time) than with creating a detailed rendering of reality. Waldmüller’s landscape art was indebted to a realism that was new for the genre at the time.

Object data

  • Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
Dachstein with Gosausee
Art movement
Oil on wood
31.4×25.5 cm
Signed and dated lower left: Waldmüller 1834
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 509
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Rupert Feuchtmüller: Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller 1793-1865. Leben – Schriften – Werke, Wien 1996.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Feuchtmüller 1996: 434

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Amerikanischer Privatbesitz (vor 1865-1984); (1)
Auktion: 29.05.1984, Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer, München, 83. Auktion, 15.-19. Jahrhundert, Los Nr. 2309
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1984-1994);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer, Katalog zur 83. Auktion, München 1984, S. 73

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