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Fruit Tree, Summer 1907

Leopold Museum,
Wien © Collection Richard Grubman
Oil on canvas on pressboard
51.5×22.5 cm


  • Richard Gerstl

    (Vienna 1883–1908 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG3
For his painting Fruit Tree, which he created during his summer sojourn in Gmunden on the Traunsee lake in 1907, Richard Gerstl (1883–1908) chose a narrow vertical format. The truncated pickets of the wooden fence on the lower edge of the work are continued in the vertical brushstrokes that illustrate the meadow in which the fruit tree is growing. The vertical drift is broken by the woodpile that protrudes diagonally into the pictorial space. The individual parts of the picture display different structures. The pieces of fruit hinted at in red dots of color still recall Gerstl’s Pointillist period around 1906, while the mountains on the upper edge of the picture are formed by powerful loops of color. His style of painting reveals the artist’s free and expressive creative process, which also earned him the nickname “the Austrian van Gogh.”

Object data

  • Richard Gerstl
Fruit Tree
Summer 1907
Art movement
Oil on canvas on pressboard
51.5×22.5 cm
Credit line of the permanent loan
Collection Richard Grubman
Selection of Reference works
  • Richard Gerstl. Inspiration - Vermächtnis, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger u.a., Köln 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 27.09.2019-20.01.2020).
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).

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