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Squatting Female Nude, c. 1915

Leopold Museum,
Ink pencil blended with water on paper
24.4×19.3 cm


  • Anton Hanak

    (Brno 1875–1934 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The eminent sculptor Anton Hanak (1975–1934) devoted his entire oeuvre to the representation of the human figure. Trained under Edmund Hellmer (1850–1935) at the Vienna Academy, he developed sculptures of a visionary and symbolist character. The expressive gestures he preferred are also found in his graphic works. In this work on paper a female nude is squatting on top of a round arch. The spread knees and sweeping gesture give the figure life and expressiveness. Hanak used an ink pencil for drawing. It is a high-quality color pencil that was used for copies of documents and for the coloring of plan copies. If it is wetted or mixed with water, the artist is able to put a purple color wash with watercolor-like effects over the drawn lines.

Object data

Squatting Female Nude
c. 1915
Art movement
Graphic work
Ink pencil blended with water on paper
24.4×19.3 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1252
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Anton Hanak, Wien (1934);
Walter Hanak, Wien (ab 1934);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

  1. Telefonische Auskunft von Prof. DI Erich Gusel (Hanak-Museum, Langenzersdorf) an Gabriele Simak (LMPS) vom 11.05.2005

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