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Country Garden with Fence, 1907

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
36.7×51.2 cm


  • Richard Gerstl

    (Vienna 1883–1908 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG3
The painting shows a wide view of a garden in full bloom. A simple wooden picket fence running over the entire width of the picture separates the vegetation from the road leading past it in the foreground. Behind it, the orchard extends with its lush foliage. The Expressionist painter Richard Gerstl (1883–1908) painted rapidly and captured his motif in dynamic, spontaneous brushstrokes which correspond to the tangle of the wild-growing plants. With regard to coloration he interlaced numerous layers of manifold greens with shades of yellow and intense red nuances. Gerstl had been invited by the Schönbergs to spend the summer of 1907 with them in Gmunden on the Traunsee lake, where the surroundings inspired him to create a series of small-scale plein-air paintings. Since the view is to the east, it was presumably painted from a bench below the Feramühle, where Gerstl was staying.

Object data

  • Richard Gerstl
Country Garden with Fence
Art movement
Oil on canvas
36.7×51.2 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 644
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Richard Gerstl. Inspiration - Vermächtnis, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger u.a., Köln 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 27.09.2019-20.01.2020).
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
  • Wien 1900. Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Diethard Leopold/Peter Weinhäupl, Wien u.a. 2009.

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Richard Gerstl;
August und Alois Gerstl, Wien (1908-1931); (1)
Neue Galerie, Wien (1931); (2)
Dr. Jorg Lampe, Wien (o.D.);
Marianne Friedl, Wien (o.D.); (3)
Irma Stadler, München (vor 1983); (4)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1983-1994);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Bildrückseite: Nachlassstempel Richard Gerstl / neue Galerie Wien / Nr. 13 “Blick über einen Gartenzaun”; Otto Kallir, Richard Gerstl (1883-1908). Beiträge zur Dokumentation seines Lebens und Werkes, in: Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Galerie, Jg. 18 (1974), S. 125, Nr. 62
  2. Kallir, Gerstl, 149 u. 126f. Dr. Otto Nirenstein erstellt 1931 ein Nachlassverzeichnis, das Bild “Blick über den Gartenzaun” erhält die Nummer 13. Ankauf von 36 Gemälden von Alois Gerstl.
  3. Otto Breicha, Manuskript zum Werkverzeichnis „Richard Gerstl“ (um 1960, unveröffentlicht)
  4. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Vereinbarung zwischen Irma Stadler und Dr. Rudolf Leopold vom 19.11.1983

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