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Spring, c. 1913

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
100×100 cm


  • Koloman Moser

    (Vienna 1868–1918 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG4
The 19th Exhibition of the Vienna Secession, held in 1904, was dedicated to the Swiss Symbolist Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918). Koloman Moser (1868–1918) was responsible for the selection of works and the exhibition design together with Carl Moll (1861–1945). Years later, in early April 1913, Moser visited Hodler in Geneva. Having refreshed his memory of the works Hodler had exhibited in Vienna, Moser created the work Spring after his return. The painting reveals parallels with Hodler’s in terms of motif and composition, which are also reflected in the choice of title. Like in Hodler’s 1901 work Spring, Moser’s painting, too, shows stylized landscape elements as the backdrop for a scenery which appears to play out on a different plane of reality. The figure of the youth has been placed into a bright, abstract plane which emphasizes the distinctive silhouette of his body. The body already boasts the auratically flaming contour with which Moser would typically surround his figures from 1913.

Object data

  • Koloman Moser
c. 1913
Art movement
Classical Modernism
Oil on canvas
100×100 cm
Monogrammed lower right: KM
Credit line
Private collection
Selection of Reference works
  • Koloman Moser- Die Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold/Stefan Kutzenberger, Wien 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 18.01.2018-10.06.2018).
  • Gerd Pichler: Koloman Moser. Die Gemälde. Werkverzeichnis, Wien 2012.
  • Koloman Moser 1868-1818, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Gerd Pichler, Wien 2007 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 25.05.2007-10.09.2007).
Catalogue raisonne
  • Pichler 2012: 147

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