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Portrait of Mrs. Huber, 1929

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Oil on canvas
73.6×60.9 cm


  • Josef Dobrowsky

    (Karlovy Vary 1889–1964 Tullnerbach)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Already a year earlier, in 1928, Josef Dobrowsky (1889–1964) had won the Elida Prize for the most beautiful female portrait. Similar to Gustav Klimt’s (1862–1918) Blind Man, a contrastive play of light and shadow paints the body into the dark background space. The people portrayed emerge from the dark with their moving allure. In the Portrait of Mrs. Huber, the light source captures her alone. The painting is moving in that it gives an illusion of being a private snapshot from the everyday life of the woman portrayed. In her chemise, with a towel on her head, she looks toward viewers gently but resolutely, protectively placing her left hand on her right shoulder. It may be that a fellow artist Dobrowsky was friends with, Ernst Huber (1895–1960), asked him to make this portrait. In the painters’ colony in Zinkenbach (today Abersee, a part of St. Gilgen Lake Wolfgangssee) the painters spent time together and joined together with Ferdinand Kitt (1887–1961) and Franz von Zülow (1883–1963) in the Neumark Round.

Object data

  • Josef Dobrowsky
Portrait of Mrs. Huber
Art movement
Oil on canvas
73.6×60.9 cm
Monogrammed and dated lower left: 1929
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 30
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Josef Dobrowsky, Tullnerbach (1964);
Josef Dobrowsky jr., Wien (1964-1980);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1980-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Kaufvertrag vom 04.01.1980

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