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Justa (study after Nudes in the Forest), c. 1910

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
84.5×62.4 cm


  • Franz Wiegele

    (Nötsch im Gailtal 1887–1944 Nötsch im Gailtal)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Franz Wiegele (1887–1944) was among those students who, on the initiative of Egon Schiele (1890–1918), founded the artist’s association “Neukunstgruppe” in 1909 in protest against the Vienna Academy’s teaching activities. Like his brother-in-law Anton Kolig (1886–1950), however, he is known primarily as a protagonist of the loosely linked group of Carinthian artists commonly referred to as the “Nötsch Circle”. Already in his works created before World War I, Wiegele provided inklings that the three-dimensionally rendered bodies and faces, bathed in the almost Mediterranean light of Carinthia, would later become the hallmarks of his painting. Justa – in fact Wiegele’s cousin Justine Tarmann – makes up the left part of a group of three in the large-scale composition Nudes in the Forest (1911); the other two figures were modeled on Wiegele’s siblings Alfred and Katharina. This main work by the artist, which is kept today at the Belvedere in Vienna, is thus both an unconventional family portrait and a bucolic vision of timeless appeal.

A closer look

The artwork explained by
art expert Markus Hübl

Object data

  • Franz Wiegele
Justa (study after Nudes in the Forest)
c. 1910
Art movement
Expressionism, Nötsch Circle
Oil on canvas
84.5×62.4 cm
Credit line of the permanent loan
Collection Fritz and Hermi Schedlmayer
Selection of Reference works
  • Die Sammlung Schedlmayer. Eine Entdeckung, hrsg. Hans-Peter Wipplinger/Ivan Ristic, Wien 2021 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 10.09.2021-20.02.2022).

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