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Artist Sigmund Walter Hampel (Austrian, 1867–1949)
Title The Vision (Die Vision)
Date Ca. 1905
Medium Oil on panel
Dimensions Framed: 38 1/2 x 44 5/8 x 4 1/4 in. (97.8 x 113.3 x 10.8 cm)
Support: 29 x 35 in. (73.7 x 88.9 cm)
Credit Line Museum purchase with funds from the Jacqueline O'Brien Art Acquisitions Fund and the Elisabeth P. Myers Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 2009.58

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About this Work

Sigmund Walter Hampel was acknowledged as a leading Austrian Symbolist painter during his lifetime. Tracing their roots to Romanticism, the Symbolist artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries explored emotional and spiritual states of being in their paintings. This work, with its depiction of Christian spiritual ecstasy, evokes St. Francis of Assisi receiving the stigmata. Hampel exhibited The Vision at the Vienna Secession in 1905. The work is painted with a neo-Impressionist stippling technique on a smooth wood panel, and it shares stylistic and technical affinities with landscapes painted by the Secession’s founding president, Gustav Klimt.

2009, Indiana University purchase from Richard Collins, New York, NY

2005–2009, Private Collection, Houston, TX [1]

June 15, 2005, Sale, “19th Century European Paintings, including German, Austrian, Hungarian, and Slavic Paintings; The Orientalist Sale, and the Scandinavian Sale,” Sotheby’s, London, England (lot no. 84)

1988–2005, Private Collection, London, England (purchased at 1988 sale)

June 27, 1988, Sale, "Important Symbolist Paintings and Drawings," Christie’s, London, England (lot no. 719)

ca. 1972–ca. 1988?, with Galerie Michael Hasenclever, Munich, Germany [2]

unknown dates, Harry Tautenhain, Vienna, Austria

unknown dates, Estate of the artist [3]


[1] All provenance after 1988 recorded by Collins in the invoice dated 5 November 2009. Provenance prior to 1988 concords with information first published in the catalog for the 1988 Sotheby’s sale. [EMA curatorial files]

[2] Galerie Michael Hasenclever opened in 1972.

[3] The painting is said to have been part of Hampel's estate when he died; its exact location at the time of his death is not certain. Hampel was living by then in Nussdorf am Attersee, Austria, but also stored some of his work in Vienna. [Sigmund Walter Hampel, Exh. Cat., Linz: Oberoesterreichischen Landesmuseum, 2003, 20]

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

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