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The Vision

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.

Sigmund Walter Hampel
Austrian, 1868‒1949
The Vision
ca. 1903‒05
Oil on panel
29 x 35 in. (73.7 x 88.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds from the Jacqueline O'Brien Art Acquisition Fund and the Elisabeth P. Myers Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2009.58

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