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Cherso (Island), 1920/1923

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
62.8×96×2.5 cm


  • Albin Egger-Lienz

    (Stribach near Lienz 1868–1926 Zwölfmagreien/Bolzano)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
With an austere composition, short dynamic brushstrokes, and deliberately placed contrasts in color intensity, the East Tyrolean painter Albin Egger-Lienz (1868–1926) unfolds the view of the island of Cherso—Italian for the Croatian Cres—seen from the mainland coast. In classical style, using foreground, middle ground and background, he segments the picture area into horizontal color fields. The horizon divides the picture area almost symmetrically into two halves. From the broad edge line of the sea surface, the range of hills on the island rises out of the water in delicate light blue tones. Above it, a pale, transparent sky spreads out that brightens up toward the middle and bathes the elevations in soft light. Far behind the narrow strip of Adriatic coastline in the foreground, the view of the island panoramically unfolds, with the azure Mediterranean extending between them, heavy and calm. Ocher rocks dominate in the foreground and dynamize the overall impression.

Object data

  • Albin Egger-Lienz
Cherso (Island)
Art movement
Naturalism I Realism, Expressionism
Oil on canvas
62.8×96×2.5 cm
Signed lower right: Egger Lienz
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 663
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 553

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Kunsthandlung L. T. Neumann, Wien (o.D.);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Wilfried Kirschl, Albin Egger-Lienz: 1868-1926. Das Gesamtwerk, Wien 1996, S. 565, M 553

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