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Oblique View of the Apartment Building of Karl Langer, 1901

Leopold Museum,
Blue crayon on paper
16×17.5 cm


  • Josef Plečnik

    (Laibach/Ljubljana 1872–1957 Laibach/Ljubljana)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The Slovenian artist Josef Plečnik (1872–1957) studied under Otto Wagner (1841–1918) from 1894 to 1897, and subsequently assisted his professor with large-scale projects such as the Vienna city railway. The apartment building Langer in Vienna’s Hietzing district was his first autonomous work. While the commissioner wanted a design in keeping with the Gründerzeit style, the young architect managed to assert his innovative ideas. In his sculptural approach to the facade design, he not only turned his back on Historicism but also radically disassociated himself from Wagner’s influence. Wave and flower ornaments, which extend in an almost unrestrained manner across the entire street-facing facade, bay windows as well as a butterfly-like window pair on the ground floor suggest influences derived from Belgian Art Nouveau. This sketch shows the front side of the building at an advanced planning stage.

Object data

  • Josef Plečnik
Oblique View of the Apartment Building of Karl Langer
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Secession
Graphic work
Blue crayon on paper
16×17.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1873
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).

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