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Kahrer, Max

Max Kahrer "Strandbad in Klosterneuburg"

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1878 Timisoara – 1937 Klosterneuburg

Title
„Strandbad in Klosterneuburg“ (“Beach in Klosterneuburg“)
Time
1921
signed
and dated lower right “Max Kahrer 1921“; rückseitig eigenhändige Bezeichnung "Das Gemeinde-Strandbad Klosterneuburg Max Kahrer 1921"
Technique
oil on canvas
Measurements
37×59 in

In the 1920s, the chic bathing beach in Klosterneuburg was a popular recreation spot for the Viennese bourgeoisie, a meeting point for musicians and writers, and for several renowned painters it provided a rich source of wild, romantic motifs. The outstanding landscape painter Max Kahrer was famous for his atmospheric, airy views of the Danube wetlands with artistic reflections on the water’s surface.

This magnificent painting “Strandbad in Klosterneuburg”, created in 1921 in an imposing format with an exquisite painting technique and glorious color palette, represents one of Kahrer’s principal works. The well-composed view, looking downriver towards Vienna with the Leopoldsberg and Kahlenberg hills in the background, shows an abandoned river course of the river at Klosterneuburg with the natural bathing area’s cabins and music pavilion. Kahrer masterfully captures the atmosphere created by the lighting of this summer day; the trees in the wetlands appear to murmur in the wind. Kahrer studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna under Franz Rumpler, was a member of the Hagenbund and the Vienna Künstlerhaus, and was also a founding member of the “Klosterneuburg Association of Local Artists”. Egon Schiele produced several portraits of his mentor and friend Max Kahrer, with whom he held a joint exhibition in 1908 in the Marble Hall at Klosterneuburg Monastery. Today, Kahrer’s works can be found in the collections of the Belvedere and the Wien Museum.

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