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He-Goat, Smoking. Design for a Secession poster, 1910

Leopold Museum,
Color woodcut on paper
45.5×49.3 cm


  • Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel

    (Wunsiedel 1881–1965 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This color woodcut by the painter and graphic artist Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel (1881–1965) was a draft for a Secession poster created in 1910. The printing technique of color woodcuts, for which wooden printing blocks are used, experienced a veritable renaissance especially in Vienna in the early 20th century. Artists like Jungnickel advanced the technique in keeping with beautiful lines, decorativeness as well as a heightened expressiveness, as in the case of this work. The motif of this woodcut is an elegantly dressed he-goat, sitting on a bench in an eccentric pose and enjoying a cigarette. This strange figure’s affected pose and elongation, especially, provides humorist undertones, perhaps referring to a certain type of person Jungnickel wanted to caricature. The work on paper makes do with a minimum of colors, and impresses, above all, with the zig-zag motif dominating the pictorial space.

Object data

  • Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel
He-Goat, Smoking. Design for a Secession poster
Art movement
Secession, Expressionism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Color woodcut on paper
45.5×49.3 cm
Signature stamp lower right
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1953
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).
  • Ilse Spielvogel-Bodo: J. H. JUNGNICKEL. Ein Leben für die Kunst, Klagenfurt 2000.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Spielvogel-Bodo 2000: OG35a

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel, Wien (1965); (1)
Auktion: 18.06.1985, Dorotheum Wien,
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1985-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Nachlassstempel auf der Blattrückseite
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Dorotheum Wien, Quittung vom 18.06.1985

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