Richard Gerstl

1883-1908 Austria/Expressionism

 

Brief Biography-Richard Gerstl was an Austrian expressionist painter, born in Vienna in 1883 to a wealthy merchant family. His formal tuition was in the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts under Christian Griepenkerl, but he was unhappy with his teachings and withdrew. He set up a studio in 1906, a year later he became close friends with the composer Arnold Schoenberg and gave him painting lessons. He painted Schoenberg along with his family several times. In 1908, Gerstl had an affair with Schoenberg's wife, Matilda. When she went back to her husband, he hung himself in his studio. Gerstl never exhibited any works during his life, and it wasn't until after the second world war that they became known.

 

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A Street
in Tin

A Street in Tin

Lake
Traunsee

Lake Traunsee with the Schlafende Griechin Mountain

Arnold
Schonberg

Arnold Schonberg

Schonberg
Family

Schonberg Family

Self-
portrait

Self-portrait as an Act

Mathilde
Schonberg

Mathilde Schonberg

View of
the Park

View of the Park

Meadow
with Houses

Meadow with Houses

Sunny
Meadow

Sunny Meadow with Fruit Trees

Self-portrait-
Half-stroke

Self-portrait-Half-stroke before Blue Background

Danube
Canal

On the Danube Canal

Self-
portrait

Self-portrait