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Reclining Female Nude with Bent Legs, c. 1915

Leopold Museum,
Indelible pencil blended with water on paper
18.2×27.3 cm


  • Anton Hanak

    (Brno 1875–1934 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
A reclining female nude, her legs bent, stretches horizontally across the image space. The depicted illustrates the motion of stretching in a convincing and expressive manner. Alongside his work as a sculptor, the Austrian artist Anton Hanak (1875–1934) created an eminent graphic oeuvre. Focusing primarily on the human figure, the graphic works, showing singular nudes, were executed as studies for his three-dimensional works. Anton Hanak drew the powerful contours of his figures with indelible pencil, the very tool he used for copying his designs for his architectural sculptures. Mixed with water, he molded the three-dimensional surface of the body by means of lighter and darker watery stains. This technique merges coincidence and intent, investing the bluish-purple female nude with a unique vividness.

Object data

Reclining Female Nude with Bent Legs
c. 1915
Art movement
Graphic work
Indelible pencil blended with water on paper
18.2×27.3 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1253
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

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

  1. Datenbank des Leopold Museums, telefonische Auskunft von Dipl.-Ing. Erich Gusel Hanakmuseum, Langenzersdorf vom 06.11.2003.

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