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Encounter (Nun and Man in Black), c. 1925

Leopold Museum,
Watercolor on paper
21.1×27.2 cm


  • Wilhelm Thöny

    (Graz 1888–1949 New York)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Two hooded figures meet in a barren landscape. The encounter seems to have been sudden and unexpected, as the figures appear to be frozen at a certain distance from one another. This impression is heightened by the paint application: The contrast between opaque and hazily transparent watercolors conveys a sense of weightiness and foreboding. The artist Wilhelm Thöny (1888–1949) created a strange intermediate world between reality and visions. This watercolor fits in with the artist’s works created in the 1920s, which are all characterized by a penchant for uncanny and grotesque depictions, and for symbolic interpretations of the world and the self, much like the works of Edvard Munch (1863–1944) and Alfred Kubin (1877–1959).

Object data

  • Wilhelm Thöny
Encounter (Nun and Man in Black)
c. 1925
Art movement
Expressionism, Classical Modernism
Graphic work
Watercolor on paper
21.1×27.2 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1832
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Verborgene Schätze der österreichischen Aquarellmalerei, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Franz Smola, Wien 2010 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien 05.03.2010-24.05.2010).

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