She was a notable representative of Austrian (Viennese) Mood Impressionism (German: (Wiener) Stimmungsimpressionismus, Österreichischer Stimmungsimpressionismus). Having trained as a concert pianist from Julius Epstein. Wisinger-Florian switched to painting in the mid-1870s. She was a student of painters Melchior Fritsch (1826–1889), August Schaeffer (de) (von Wienwald; 1833, Windmühle – 1916), and Emil Jakob Schindler (1842, Vienna – 1892). From 1881 she regularly showed paintings at the annual exhibitions mounted at the artist's house and later often showed at Vienna Secession (German: die Wiener Secession) exhibitions. Work she showed at the Paris and Chicago international exhibitions earned her worldwide acclaim. The artist, who was also active in the middle-class women's movements of the time, was awarded numerous distinctions and prizes. Wisinger-Florian's early paintings can be assigned to what is known as Austrian Mood Impressionism. In her landscape paintings she adopted Schindler's sublime approach to nature. The motifs she employed, such as views of tree-lined avenues, gardens and fields, were strongly reminiscent of her teacher's work. After breaking with Schindler in 1884, however, the artist went her own way. Her conception of landscape became more realistic. Her late work is notable for a lurid palette, with discernible overtones of Expressionism. With landscape and flower pictures that were already Expressionist in palette by the 1890s, she was years ahead of her time.