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Ernst Diez I, 1906 by Richard Gerstl (1883-1908, Austria) | Paintings Reproductions Richard Gerstl | WahooArt.com
Diez, who was Schönberg’s student, wrote in a letter that this was one of two portraits that Gerstl painted of him in 1906, almost certainly after Diez had returned that autumn from a summer placement in Rome . Diez claims that the portrait was originally intended to be a commission, organised by Schönberg, who had apparently decided to help Gerstl obtain work amongst his circle. Diez recalls that the work was painted in a temporary studio, whose description matches one above Café Sperl at Gumpendorferstraße 11, Vienna VI that may have been one that Gerstl occupied at the time.