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Carl Moll cultivated a penchant for atmospheric landscape views and cityscapes from his teacher, Emil Jakob Schindler. Starting in 1900, Moll developed a subtle painting style focused on the rendering of light that could easily be compared with the poetic charm of Gustav Klimt’s landscapes. An extremely delicate sense of lighting can be found in Moll’s 1910 depiction of the gardens at Schönbrunn Palace. The painter’s perspective radiates out from a shaded terrain located beneath the towering hedges that line the park’s pathways and ends up at one of the palace grounds’ numerous fountains. The fountain shines under the glaring sunlight and, behind it, the view is opened up onto a further garden configuration that is, once again, brightly lit and delimited by the distinctive, tall hedges. Delicate and almost-pointillist dabs of paint convey a sensual experience of hot air and shimmering light.

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