Autumn in Vienna | Herbst in Wien

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In honour of the beginning of autumn, I’m sharing a set of pictures about/from Vienna which I last visited during the most glorious autumn you can imagine!
This painting was inspired by the area around St. Charles’ Church / Karlskirche. As you can see, I was distracted by all the beautiful trees and their stunning colours and also the light.
Vienna is a beautiful city. I really need to return soon <3

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The painting is 49 x 64 cm, soft pastels and charcoal on Ingres paper.

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Here are some photographic impressions of what it’s like to experience autumn in Vienna:

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Sight Burgtheater

Burgtheater

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Ringstrasse

Ringstraße (& Rathaus)

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst St Charles Church Karlskirche

St Charles’ Church | Karlskirche

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Cupola Kuppel Secession

Secession

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Sight Zentralfriedhof

Central Cemetery | Zentralfriedhof

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Natural History Naturhistorisches Museum

Natural History Museum (and you can see the stalls / houses for the christmas market) | Naturhistorisches Museum (mit den Häuschen für den Weihnachtsmarkt)

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Gloriette Schoenbrunn

Gloriette, Schönbrunn

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Botanical Garden Schoenbrunn

Schönbrunn, Botanical Garden | Botanischer Garten

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Schloss Palace Schoenbrunn

Schoenbrunn Palace | Schloss Schönbrunn

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Sight Zentralfriedhof 4

Central Cemetery | Zentralfriedhof

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Evening Abend

Above the roofs of Vienna | Über den Dächern von Wien

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Evening Abend 2

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Katja Schmitt Vienna Photo Opera Ring

This photo happened by chance but reveals quite a bit about how I feel about Vienna, how I feel *in* Vienna 😊 It combines history, art, light, nostalgia, fashion…

These arcades are part of the State Opera and you are looking in the direction of the Ringstraße, the grand boulevard that circles the historic Old Town. It’s all part of the UNESCO world heritage list.
I love walking there and looking at the eclectic historistic buildings – and even more, looking at the people!
Apparently even Sigmund Freud took a daily recreational walk around the Ring.

When it comes to Vienna, I love all the pomp and showmanship! Which makes me wonder about myself, because it is something I loathe about Munich and am very ambivalent about in Paris…
Don’t get me wrong! I adore ‘chic’ and glamour, a bit of luxury and fashion (and I adore Paris). It’s the pretension and arrogance that I dislike. Maybe that’s why Vienna is different, because there’s always that sense of morbid and self-ironic humour 😉

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Sketch Skizze Vignette Schoenbrunn

Concluding my Vienna in autumn excursion 😊
This is one of the sketches from a walk in the park at Schönbrunn Palace. What a glorious afternoon that was!
Incredibly beautiful light. And the colours!
That day I also rediscovered my love for trees…
During this journey I tried water-soluble wax pastels in my travel sketchbook for the first time. As you can see, I was experimenting (and haven’t really stopped since…): this is a mix between a drawing and a painting. Looking back, I’m actually quite pleased with how the water turned out 😍
Btw, palace and gardens are also inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list – seems to be my theme at the moment 😉
Side note: I wanted to style some pompous hydrangeas for this photo but it was raining so much, that I simply couldn’t bring myself to swim in my garden… That is the reason I decorated with herbs I had in my kitchen.

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Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Drawing Vignette Pastellkreide

Park at Schönbrunn, Vienna | A Pastel Drawing | 42 cm x 56 cm.

This is another piece that I created after experiencing this beautiful autumn in Vienna.

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Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Sight Karlskirche

St Charles’ Church | Karlskirche

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Sight Belvedere

Belvedere

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Sight Belvedere Gate Tor

Gate to Belvedere Palace | Das Tor zum Schloss Belvedere

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Sight Schwarzenbergplatz

Schwarzenbergplatz

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Sight Secession

Secession

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Sight Schoenbrunn

The shadows are long in the autumn… 😉

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Sight Schoenbrunn PalmHouse

Palm House at Schoenbrunn Palace | Das Palmenhaus im Park von Schönbrunn

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Sight Schoenbrunn Botanic Garden Botanischer Garten

Botanical Garden Schoenbrunn | Botanischer Garten in Schönbrunn

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Sight Schoenbrunn Park

Park at Schoenbrunn Palace | Der Park von Schloss Schönbrunn

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Sight Zentralfriedhof

Central Cemetery (with St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery Church) | Zentralfriedhof (mit Friedhofskirche zum heiligen Karl Borromäus)

Katja Schmitt Vienna Wien Autumn Herbst Sight Zentralfriedhof 2

Central Cemetery | Zentralfriedhof

 

Katja Schmitt Karlskirche Wien St Charles Church Vienna Pastel Painting

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