A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover Richard Gerstl’s adorable body of work.1.jpg

The Leopold Museum’s “Inspiration – Legacy” exhibition – which ends next Monday – consists of Gerstl’s defining paintings but also photographs and letters. An ill-fated affair with the wife of his close friend Arnold Schönberg preceded his suicide at the age of just 25 in 1908.

The late artist’s self-portraits, which carry a decidedly sinister undercurrent, and his portraits of colleagues, friends and family members will leave a lasting impression. But it’s the delicate luminosity of his small landscapes that grab the place in the limelight.

“Inspiration – Legacy” also features works of art by painters and sculptors who influenced Gerstl or were influenced by him, including Vincent van Gogh, Pierre Bonnard and Georg Baselitz.

>> http://www.leopoldmuseum.org

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