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Forest Path, c. 1915

Leopold Museum,
Vienna
Oil on canvas
80×70 cm

Artists

  • Hans Böhler

    (Vienna 1884‒1961 Vienna)

Currently on display at UG2
Almost as if Hans Böhler (1884–1961) had laid the light of a full-moon night over the clearing in the forest like a veil, the trees and bushes in his 1915 oil painting Forest Path are radiant with a mystically subdued glow from within. The interlocking green treetops are almost entirely freed of their objectual reality, longitudinally cut through by slender near-black tree trunks. Pleasantly dusky, the forest path invites stepping out into the clearing like in a dream. The path creates an impression of spatial depth cut short by the ornamental patchwork of interlaced tree foliage. This work, as well as many others from this time, shows Böhler’s sense of compositional order, inspired by works of his fellow artist Egon Schiele (1890–1918).

Object data

Artist/author
  • Hans Böhler
Title
Forest Path
Date
c. 1915
Art movement
Expressionism
Category
Painting
Material​/technique
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
80×70 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 606
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
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Provenance

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

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