In an interview the painter and poet talked about his connection with Trakl in Vienna in 1913-4 as follows:
Yet as we painted "The Wind Bride" together, I also saw a portrait of him emerge. At that time when I painted “The Wind Bride,” Trakl was around me daily. I had a most primitive studio, and he sat mutely behind me on a beer barrel. Sometimes he spoke in a roaring voice, without stopping. Then he was silent again for hours. We were at that time two renegades against middle-class life. I had left my parents' house. There were controversies around my exhibitions and pieces in Vienna. By the way, he referenced "The Wind Bride" literally in one of his poems.