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The Pilgrims, c. 1920

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
95.8×191 cm


  • Albin Egger-Lienz

    (Stribach near Lienz 1868–1926 Zwölfmagreien/Bolzano)

Currently on display at EG
The East Tyrolian painter Albin Egger-Lienz (1868–1926) grouped the participants in a pilgrimage, dressed in rural attire, in an extensive and simplified, three-dimensional and monumental manner around a life-sized crucifix. The body of the crucified Christ is positioned on the same plane as the devoutly withdrawn, religious members of the peasant population that surround it. They are arranged into two symmetrical groups: four women wearing broad-brimmed hats to the left of the cross and four men, some of them leaning on their walking sticks, to the right. The framing of the narrow pictorial space, which is divided into three parts, by means of the stage-like, architectural vertical and horizontal wooden beams with cross-bracing makes the work appear like a sacral history painting in the shape of triptych. Egger-Lienz availed himself of reticent ocher, brown and red tones to heighten the scene’s timeless-monumental effect and to create the impression of a fresco.

Object data

  • Albin Egger-Lienz
The Pilgrims
c. 1920
Art movement
Symbolism, Naturalism I Realism
Oil on canvas
95.8×191 cm
Signed lower center. A EGGER-LIENZ
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 440
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
  • Ferdinand Hodler: Wahlverwandtschaft von Klimt bis Schiele, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2017 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 13.10.2017–22.01.2018).
  • Albin Egger-Lienz: 1868-1926, hrsg. von Gert Ammann/Michael Fuhr, Wien 2008 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 15.02.2008–29.05.2008).
  • Wilfried Kirschl: Albin Egger-Lienz: 1868-1926; das Gesamtwerk; [Monographie in zwei Bänden], Wien 1996.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Kirschl 1996: M 683

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Galleria Pesaro, Mailand (1924); (1)
Auktion: 1983, Christies Rom; (2)
Antiquitäten Czeslaw Bednarczyk, Wien (1983); (3)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1983-1994); (4)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

  1. Galleria Pesaro, Mostra individuale di Albin Egger Lienz, Milano 1924, S. 9 (Abb.): „I pellegrini“
  2. Wilfried Kirschl, Albin Egger-Lienz: 1868-1926. Das Gesamtwerk, Wien 1996, S. 625 f., M 683
  3. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Gutachten Prof. Wilfried Kirschl für Czeslaw Bednarczyk vom 20.10.1983
  4. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung Nr. 97 vom 07.12.1983

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