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Sigmundskron (Study), 1920/21

Leopold Museum,
Oil on cardboard
57×71.4 cm


  • Albin Egger-Lienz

    (Stribach near Lienz 1868–1926 Zwölfmagreien/Bolzano)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Relying on dull subdued earth-tone colors, the East-Tyrol-born painter Albin Egger-Lienz (1868–1926) steeps his landscape study in the dense atmosphere of a change of weather. The wide sky above the chain of hills in the background, the frilly flower heads in the foreground, and the path that leads, in central perspective, from the foreground into the depth of the picture space and loses itself in the central part of the meadow landscape stand out contrastively from the muted color canon in their whitish hues. With broad, loose brushstrokes and translucent color application, Egger-Lienz gave a sense of cursoriness to the sketchy and spontaneous-looking picture. Nevertheless, the artist titled and signed this piece on cardboard, giving the study the status of a work in its own right. And although he strictly rejected Ferdinand Hodler’s (1853-1918) concept of parallelism, Egger-Lienz’s depiction is characterized by strict pictorial composition and central-perspective spatial construction. Egger-Lienz referred to a compositional formula founded in nature, from which he derived and built his pictorial inventions.

Object data

  • Albin Egger-Lienz
Sigmundskron (Study)
Art movement
Naturalism I Realism, Expressionism
Oil on cardboard
57×71.4 cm
Signed lower left: Egger Lienz
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 593
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Moderne Österreichische Farbmalerei um 1918, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold, Wien 2021 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 03.02.2021-24.05.2021).
  • 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 537

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Auktion: 18.09.1945, Dorotheum Wien;
Galerie Klewan, Wien (1972);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1977-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994)

  1. Wilfried Kirschl, Albin Egger-Lienz. Das Gesamtwerk, Wien 1977, S. 563, M 537

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