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Emil Jakob Schindler

Poetic Realism

Viennese painter Emil Jakob Schindler (1842–92) is known for his idealized, poetic landscapes, “atmospheric Impressionist” paintings that represent a key moment in the shift from the opulence of Viennese art of the earlier part of the nineteenth century towards a new understanding of nature. Schindler’s landscapes are influenced by romanticism, with their lonely chapels and couples walking in deep forests, but they also show the influence of the symbolist movement, the World Exhibition, and the Barbizon school—in addition to the longer Viennese tradition. Schindler’s landscapes are of particular interest in part because he doesn’t represent nature as separate from humanity—rather, by presenting not only people but water mills, steamboats, and other manmade objects, he suggests a fundamental harmony between humans and the natural world.

This book reproduces more than one hundred of Schindler’s paintings, accompanied by essays exploring his career, the artistic scene of his time, and his influence.

128 pages | 121 color plates | 7 1/2 x 9 1/2

Art: European Art

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Table of Contents


      Agnes Husslein-Arco

Paysage Intime – Atmosphere – Poetic Realism

      Alexander Klee

“He sees his picture inside” / Emil Jakob Schindler and the Photographic View

      Andrea Winklbauer

The View of Nature in the Work of Adalbert Stifter and Emil Jakob Schindler

      Markus Fellinger

Nature.Composition / Theoretical Fragments on Landscape Painting

      Stephanie Auer



      Emil Jakob Schindler in the Belvedere

      Emil Jakob Schindler – Biography



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