Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Olga Wisinger-Florian

A Bouquet of Summer Fruits and Fowers on a Mossy Bank
year unknown
oil on board
22.9 x 34.3 cm
Public collection

Olga Wisinger-Florian (1844-1926) was one of the most successful Viennese women painters of the late 19th century. She typically painted flower motifs and landscapes. She was a notable representative of Austrian (Viennese) Mood Impressionism.

Having trained as a concert pianist from Julius Epstein, in the mid-1870s, she switched to painting fairly late at age 30. From 1881 she regularly showed paintings at the annual exhibitions mounted at her and later often showed at Vienna Secession exhibitions. Work she showed at the Paris and Chicago international exhibitions earned her worldwide acclaim. With landscape and flower pictures that were already Expressionist in palette by the 1890s, she was years ahead of her time. Famous people such as the emperor Franz Josef I bought her paintings. She was also active in the middle-class women's movements of the time, and was awarded numerous distinctions and prizes.