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This painting depicts a view of roofs and facades seen from the artist's fourth-floor flat in Vienna, where she lived during the first half of the 1920s. The cupola in the upper centre of the painting is part of the Johann Strauss Theatre, famous for its performances of light opera. Technically this painting makes a shift in the artist's work. Previously she had applied paint in dabs which created a mottled effect. This work is painted with rather freer brush strokes. The elongated vertical format is characteristic of von Motesiczky's canvases of the period and reflects the influence of Max Beckmann's paintings of the 1920s.

September 2004