This painting depicts nine views around the Austrian town of Bad Gastein. The well-to-do of nineteenth and early twentieth century Europe would flock to spa towns like this one to ‘take the waters’. A holiday in Bad Gastein was a fashionable way to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, while its hot springs were said to have healing properties. When they were not soaking up the waters, visitors could enjoy the local Alpine scenery and pick up a souvenir painting like this one, which includes views of the town and its nearby countryside, with picturesque mountains, valleys, waterfalls and church towers. Oil paintings were popular souvenirs and would have been on display in many Viennese homes.
This nine-part painting belonged to Sigmund Freud who spent time in Bad Gastein, first in 1916 and then every summer from 1919 to 1923, taking the waters for his chronic digestive problems. The nine views, from left to right, are: Bellevue, That von Hof Gastein, Evangelische Capelle, Der Gamskahrkogel, Wildbad Gastein, Kötschach Thall, Schreckbrück Fall, Nassfeld, Böckstein.
Where to see this painting?
Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens, London, Greater London, England, NW3 5SX
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