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Puszta Evening, c. 1865

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
38×95.2 cm


  • Johann Gualbert Raffalt

    (Murau 1836–1865 Rome)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In his painting Puszta Evening of c. 1865, Johann Gualbert Raffalt (1836–1865) emphasizes, through the sheer horizontality of the canvas and the strongly foreshortened watercourse, the endless wideness of the Hungarian landscape. Draw wells and tents are evidence of human life, but fit in with the surrounding nature in scale. The oil painting is dominated by earthy colors and fascinating contrasts of dark and light that result from the evening light, the dark clouds, and the reflections on the water.
Raffalt, who was nicknamed “Puszta painter” already in his lifetime, studied at the Vienna Academy and was one of the main exponents of the Szolnok school, founded by August von Pettenkofen (1822–1889), an Austrian-Hungarian artists’ colony based in the Hungarian town of Szolnok.

Object data

  • Johann Gualbert Raffalt
Puszta Evening
c. 1865
Art movement
Atmospheric Impressionism
Oil on canvas
38×95.2 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4031
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Verborgene Schätze der österreichischen Aquarellmalerei, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Franz Smola, Wien 2010 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien 05.03.2010-24.05.2010).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

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