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Traunsee with “Schlafende Griechin”, 1907

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard
37.7×39.3 cm


  • Richard Gerstl

    (Vienna 1883–1908 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The work depicts the Traunsee lake with a view of the Erlakogel, the highest mountain on its eastern shore. Here, the Traunstein mountain range slopes steeply towards the bottom of the lake. As the silhouette resembles a striking female profile, the locals call this ridge “Schlafende Griechin” (“sleeping Greek woman”). Richard Gerstl’s (1883–1908) expressive style of painting makes this association appear less clear. He renders rock and forest structures with fast, vehement brushstrokes in shades of gray and blue. The sky and the lake define the upper and lower margin with their coloration of yellowish and white nuances. Alongside segments with detailed brushwork, Gerstl uses gestic, broad brushstrokes to apply color to other areas. Within the few weeks that he spent in the Salzkammergut region in the summer of 1907, the painter abandoned his Pointillist style of painting and turned to a free, expressive style.


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Object data

  • Richard Gerstl
Traunsee with “Schlafende Griechin”
Art movement
Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard
37.7×39.3 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 646
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).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Auktion: 01.12.1964, Dorotheum Wien, 566. Kunstauktion, Los. Nr. 285; (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1964-1994);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Dorotheum Wien, Katalog zur 566. Kunstauktion, 1. Dezember bis 4. Dezember 1964, Los. Nr. 285

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