Autumn Tree in Stirred Air (Winter Tree)

Egon Schiele1912

Leopold Museum

Leopold Museum

Starting in the fall of 1911, Egon Schiele lived in the small, picturesque town of Neulengbach. As in Krumau, the surrounding landscape inspired him to create exceptional works. Autumn Tree in Stirred Air shows a delicate plant which resembles something closer to a grapevine than a tree. The branches and twigs emerge from a grayish, shimmering sky and spread over the painting’s entire surface. Rudolf Leopold remarked upon the sky’s unusual color effect by noting that Schiele “never before nor after painted with such tenderness, with such an unmatched abundance of gray tones and delicately applied nuances.” The unconventional composition transforms nature into an almost abstract structure. At the same time, the violent movements performed by the thin branches of autumnal plants reflect Schiele’s anthropomorphic conception of nature. The artist would often contemplate on his observations of human traits in nature. For example, in a letter written in 1913, he wrote: “Everywhere one recalls similar movements in the human body, similar stirrings of joy and sorrow in the plants.”

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  • Title: Autumn Tree in Stirred Air (Winter Tree)
  • Creator: Egon Schiele
  • Date Created: 1912
  • Technique: Oil and soft pencil on canvas
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed and dated centre right: EGON SCHIELE 1912
  • Physical Dimensions: w805 x h800 cm (Without Frame)
  • Painter: Egon Schiele
  • Original German Title: Herbstbaum in bewegter Luft („Winterbaum“)
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 449, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 449