This year's autumn exhibition at Galerie Suppan offers an interesting selection of works of art from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. New is the presentation of Austrian painting in the context of international art as well as a collection of rare original prints of classical modernism.
Austrian Biedermeier is represented by two depictions of people by Friedrich Gauermann and Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, which reflect the impressive quality of realism in the 19th century and the interest in different characters.
Austrian mood impressionism is on display with the atmospheric spring motif "Apple and Cherry Blossom" by Marie Egner as well as two late works by Tina Blau and further examples of plein-air painting by Theodor von Hörmann; Olga Wisinger-Florian and Alfred Zoff.
An outstanding, small-format landscape painting by Camille Pissarro from Pontoise dated 1877 shows the master of French Impressionism in one of his most interesting creative periods. A remarkable insight into the creative process using the most up-to-date methods of reproduction technology at the time is shown in Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's sketch for the poster Jane Avril from 1893, in which he continues to paint in pencil, watercolour and gouache on his own silver gelatin photograph of a preliminary stage of the final sketch.
One of Alfons Walde's earliest encounter paintings from 1913 shows the freshness of the original pictorial idea.
Karl Hofer chose an unusual subject for his painting "Cows in the Forest", which shows unmistakable characteristics of magical realism. In his depiction of a young girl with a green plant from 1945, Oskar Kokoschka achieved an outstanding level of watercolour technique. As in this print, in the coloured pencil drawing of a nude from the following year he also creates an exceedingly painterly effect with the medium of line. Wilhelm Thöny's gouache "Mrs. W. Thöny in an American Garden" was created around 1942 in New York as a work of exile art. A brilliant sense of colour and subtle draughtsmanship are expressed in Thöny's composition, in which he places the figure of his wife, radiating Parisian elegance, in the poetically transfigured surroundings of a park.
Rare examples of 20th-century prints include two large-format lithographs, the linocut in colour by Pablo Picasso "Bacchanale", as well as works by Miró, Léger and Tàpies, among others. The great protagonist of Spanish Informel is also represented with an interesting mixed technique from 1966, in which his sensitivity for materiality is expressed in the characteristic application of colour.
Works by Wolfgang Hollegha, Markus Prachensky and Arnulf Rainer show the range of painterly abstraction in the late 20th century. A work of the 21st century, the painting "Glaciar Perito Moreno 50°29'22" sud 73°02'48 "west 18.12.05 5:32pm" by Helmut Ditsch puts up for discussion in a multi-layered way in the medium of painting the concept of the sublime against the background of the mediatised experience of nature in the universe of technical images. Other examples of contemporary Austrian painting by Damisch, Frohner, Pakosta, Ringel, Schmalix, Sengl, Staudacher and Schmalix guarantee an exciting insight into art-making today.
A gallery catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition.
Palais Coburg, Seilerstätte 3, 1010 Vienna