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Portrait of Isolde Ahlgrimm (Woman in White Blouse), c. 1938

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Oil on canvas
90×73.5 cm


  • Josef Dobrowsky

    (Karlsbad/Karlovy Vary 1889–1964 Tullnerbach)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Isolde Fiale (née Ahlgrimm) (1914–1995) was a pianist and had a professorship for cembalo at the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts. She was especially interested in music from the Baroque and Classical periods which she performed together with her husband on original historical instruments. With near-monochromatic and subdued coloration, the entire painting is articulated in shades of gray. The impressive musician depicted in Josef Dobrowsky’s (1889–1964) Portrait of Isolde Ahlgrimm is pale-skinned and looks introvertedly out of the picture. One of her arms is reaching for something, the elbow of the other is propped on the armrest of her chair. Radiating graceful elegance, she looks boyish, mysterious, and fascinating.

Object data

  • Josef Dobrowsky
Portrait of Isolde Ahlgrimm (Woman in White Blouse)
c. 1938
Art movement
Expressionism, New Objectivity
Oil on canvas
90×73.5 cm
Signed upper right: J Dobro
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 38
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Zwischen den Kriegen. Österreichische Künstler 1918–1938, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold, Wien 2007 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 21.09.2007-28.01.2008).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

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