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Self-Portrait with an Image of a Nude, 1924

Leopold Museum,
Charcoal on paper
33.4×25 cm


  • Rudolf Wacker

    (Bregenz 1893–1939 Bregenz)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Questioning himself, probing into his own unconscious, self-critical, sincere and perceptive but also acknowledging his own desires, needs, and inner abyss—like in his diary entries, the Vorarlberg painter and drawing artist Rudolf Wacker (1893–1939) affords us touching insights in his work. Compacted with vigorous charcoal strokes, the 1924 Self-Portrait with an Image of a Nude reveals intimate obsessions of a complex artist personality in a psychologically intriguing manner: the subject of sexuality is found in many of Wacker’s paintings, enciphered and clad in a metaphor-rich artistic language. As if the erotically charged depiction of a woman with ample breasts and stretched-out arms behind his disheveled head were actually growing out of his imagination—so the artist looks at us, against a backdrop of forceful hatching crisscrossing in every direction, with asymmetrically raised prominent eyebrows, a crooked mouth, questioning eyes, tense shoulders, at a loss.

Object data

  • Rudolf Wacker
Self-Portrait with an Image of a Nude
Art movement
Expressionism, New Objectivity
Graphic work
Charcoal on paper
33.4×25 cm
Monogrammed and dated lower left in charcoal: RW 24
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1966
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Moderne Österreichische Farbmalerei um 1918, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold, Wien 2021 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 03.02.2021-24.05.2021).
  • Linie und Form. 100 Meisterzeichnungen aus der Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Franz Smola/Fritz Koreny, Wien 2014 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 23.05.2014–20.10.2014).
  • Leopold Museum Wien. Österreichische Kunst des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, hrsg. von Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, München u.a. 2008.
  • 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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