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Street Bend in Ybbs on the Danube, n. d.

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Oil on cardboard
46×59.3 cm


  • Josef Dobrowsky

    (Karlsbad/Karlovy Vary 1889–1964 Tullnerbach)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
An eerie pull inheres in the work Street Bend in Ybbs on the Danube. The houses lining the street seem to be glowing from inside in the warm light. Like in Egon Schiele’s (1890–1918) Crescent of Houses II (Island Town), the houses are building blocks constructed into the picture that seem to have an uncanny life of their own. The glassy street leads into pitch-black uncertainty. It is perhaps one of the most ominous pictures that Josef Dobrowsky (1889–1964) made from 1920 of his wife Theresa’s hometown. What interested him, though, was empirical experimental exploration of the mood of light and color and creation of new realities rather representation of existing ones.

Object data

  • Josef Dobrowsky
Street Bend in Ybbs on the Danube
n. d.
Art movement
Oil on cardboard
46×59.3 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 78
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

Nachlass Josef Dobrowsky, Tullnerbach (1964); (1)
Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels, Wien (1965); (2)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1965-1994); (3)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Herbert Zemen, Josef Dobrowsky 1889-1964 im Spiegel der Kunstkritik, Wien 2006, S. 184-186
  2. Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels, Ausstellungskatalog zu „Josef Dobrowsky“, Wien Juli 1965, Kat. Nr. 10 „Dorfstraße (Ybbs)“
  3. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung der Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels, Wien vom 21.06.1965

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