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Tina Blau

Masterpieces in Focus

16 December 2016 to 09 April 2017
Upper BelvedereBelvedere
One hundred years after her death, the Belvedere is paying tribute to the painter Tina Blau in an exhibition from the series Masterpieces in Focus. The show features major works from every stage in Tina Blau’s career as well as previously unknown paintings that came to light during the research for the new catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.
Born in Vienna in 1845 as the daughter of a Jewish doctor, Tina Blau became one of the most successful landscapists in her day. She started taking private tuition at the age of fifteen and went on her first study trip to Transylvania at sixteen. After studying in Vienna and Munich, from 1870 she made a vital contribution to developing a style of Austrian landscape painting known as “Stimmungsimpressionismus” (literally mood or atmospheric impressionism). Periods in Hungary, Holland, Italy, Germany, France, and Switzerland not only provided insights into the latest developments in European painting but also an abundance of subject matter for her to hone her skills. An image of a remarkably modern painter emerges, a woman who co-founded and taught at Vienna’s art school for women and girls and, as a courageous and independent personality, exerted a tremendous influence on the next generation of young female artists.

Exhibitions in the series Masterpieces in Focus are made possible through the generous support of the Dorotheum.

Curated by Markus Fellinger