From the Director

Dear Friend,

The life of Richard Gerstl (1883-1908) was much too brief, but in his time as an artist, he had a tremendous impact on the world around him. His psychologically complex work brought a special intensity to the art of turn-of-the-century Vienna. Although only about 70 surviving paintings and drawings are attributed to Gerstl, he managed to leave a lasting impression, and remains an early Expressionist artist of outsize influence and critical regard in the twentieth century.

In order to realize this important exhibition, the first Gerstl show in an American museum, the Neue Galerie has partnered with the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. The curator of the Neue Galerie presentation is Jill Lloyd, who has organized many important exhibitions at our museum over the years. We are grateful for the support of numerous lenders to the exhibition, especially the Belvedere and Leopold Museum in Vienna. Special thanks are due to our President, Ronald S. Lauder, who was a strong advocate for this exhibition from the beginning.

Renée Price
Director, Neue Galerie New York