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Silent Woman (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother), 1909

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
168.5×56 cm


  • Anton Kolig

    (Neutitschein/Nový Jičín 1886–1950 Nötsch im Gailtal)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
After attending the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, the artist Anton Kolig (1886–1950), born in Moravia, continued his studies at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. There, he met Egon Schiele (1890–1918) and befriended Sebastian Isepp (1884–1954) and Franz Wiegele (1887–1944), both from Nötsch im Gailtal in Carinthia. As a member of the Neukunstgruppe, co-founded by Schiele, Kolig exhibited this portrait of his mother Maria under the title “Silent Woman” in the Sonderausstellung Malerei und Plastik at the exhibition space of the Hagenbund in 1911. Wearing a plain dress, her arms crossed in front of her body, the figure in the full-length portrait is leaning against the right edge of the painting. The dark figure stands out from a brightly lit background, achieving a silhouette effect which Kolig enhances by emphasizing the contours. With its use of a narrow vertical format, this work is still strongly influenced by the aesthetics of Stilkunst, which prevailed around 1900.

Object data

Silent Woman (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother)
Art movement
Expressionism, Nötsch Circle
Oil on canvas
168.5×56 cm
Monogrammed and dated lower left: AK 09
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2019
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Anton Kolig, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Köln 2017 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 22.09.2017-08.01.2018)
  • Otmar Rychlik: Anton Kolig 1886-1950. Das malerische Werk, Wien 2001.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Rychlik 2001: 11

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Anton Kolig, Nötsch (1950);
Katharina Kolig, Nötsch (ab 1950); (1)
Sybilla Luksch, Bielefeld (o.D.);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1967-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, E-Mail von Cornelius Kolig an Dr. Franz Smola (LMPS) vom 27.02.2017
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schreiben Dr. Rudolf Leopold an Sibylla Luksch vom 28.09.1967

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