While there are many fine museums to be explored in Vienna, if you are a fan of the paintings of the Impressionists, then you will want to go to the Albertina across from the Mozart cafe and the Opera House in central Vienna. Here’s what you are looking for…..
While the collection is a small one, which can be contained in four rather small rooms, it is of high quality, involving Renoir, Monet, Toulouse-Latrec, Sisley, Cezanne, early Picasso, and some of the German Impressionists (yes there were a few). We will start with a famous Renoir…
Renoir (1841-1919) earned his crust of bread by portrait painting, and he was the most sought after of portrait painters in the 1870s in Paris. This painting is of six year old Elizabeth Maitre (who lived until 1960), the daughter of a friend. Using pastels, Renoir sought to bring an intimate feel to this close up portrait.
I’m willing to bet you’ve not heard of the German Impressionist, Max Pechstein but he deserves to be known. Here is a very nice painting of irises by him.
Another German artist, who got himself in hot water with the Nazis was Emil Nolde. Here is a large painting of flowers, done in the Impressionist style.
We will do at least one more post on the Albertina, but here is a painting that augurs a change in direction in the early 20th century. The artist is clearly influenced by the Impressionists, but he is moving in a fresh, and in some ways less pastel-colored direction….