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Seated Venus with Fur Coat, 1880

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
118.3×82.5 cm


  • Hans Canon

    (Vienna 1829–1885 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG4
The work depicts a young woman sitting by a forest spring, arranging her strawberry blonde hair. A fur-trimmed stole and a white dress have slid down, while her armlet with a glistening pearl scintillates seductively. Hans Canon (1829‒1885) rendered the light flesh tones of the bathing woman in a delicate and subtle manner, while the colors of the landscape recede into the background. The artist executed at least three known versions of this composition from 1872, with the present example being the most recent. The painting is testament both to the inspiration Canon derived from the Old Masters of Venetian Renaissance and Dutch Baroque painting as well as to his great technical and coloristic skills.

Object data

Seated Venus with Fur Coat
Alternative title
After the Bath (Seated Venus with Fur Coat)
Art movement
Oil on canvas
118.3×82.5 cm
Signed and dated upper right: CANON 1880
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2018
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).
  • Frauenbilder – Künstlerinnen – 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Vom Biedermeier bis zur Moderne, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold, Wien 2017 (Ausstellungsbroschüre, Leopold Museum, Wien, 07.07.2017–18.09.2017).
  • Körper, Gesicht, Seele. Frauenbilder vom 16. bis ins 21. Jahrhundert, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold, Wien 2006 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 09.06.2006-02.10.2006).
  • Franz Josef Drewes: Hans Canon (1829–1885) Werkverzeichnis und Monographie I, Hildesheim 1994.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Drewes 1994: 190

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