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Blau, Tina

Tina Blau Südtiroler Gebirgshof

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1845 – Vienna – 1916

Title
„South Tyrolean Mountain Village“
Time
1900
signed
and dated lower right “Tina Blau Taufers 1900”
Technique
oil on canvas
Measurements
38¼×22¼ in

Emil Jakob Schindler’s famous artists’ colony in Plankenberg Castle was where the most important representatives of the Austrian Atmospheric Impressionism movement gathered; this included the likes of Carl Moll, Marie Egner, Thomas von Hörmann and the great pioneer of the new style – Tina Blau. The outstanding plein-air painter was among the most important female artists at the turn of the last century. Private lessons in Vienna and Munich were followed by a close collaboration with Emil Jakob Schindler. At the Paris World’s Fair in 1889, she won the bronze medal; at the Chicago exposition of 1893, she took gold. In 1897 and 1912, she was awarded the Golden State Medal. Numerous exhibitions and her thriving teaching activities are evidence of a career that at the time was incredibly rare and successful for a female artist and pay testament to Tina Blau’s superb talent.

In the summer of 1900, one of her many trips led her to South Tyrol. This painting was created in St. Moritzen, a district of the municipality of Sand in Taufers, and shows a carefully selected view of the parish church of St. Sebastian by the river Ahr, with Taufers Castle in the background. In the distance, you can make out the snow-covered peaks of the Zillertal Alps. The balanced composition, with the coloring typical of her style and skillful depth perspective, reveal Tina Blau as a master of atmospheric lighting.

provenance: Helene Roth, Vienna (niece of the artist)

 

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