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Mountain Ranges, 1913

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
38×50.3 cm


  • Koloman Moser

    (Vienna 1868–1918 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG4
Koloman Moser (1868–1918) created the painting Mountain Ranges during a stay at the Mautner-Markhof family’s summer residence on the Semmering. The work shows the steep mountain face Polleroswand to the right and the plateau of Rax mountain extending in the background – probably the most well-known view of this popular destination for excursions among the Viennese. As in all his mature paintings, Moser was not interested in delineating topographical facts, however. The lemon-colored sky is separated only with a narrow blue contour from the Rax mountain rage, rendered in a similar hue. Moser skillfully contrasted this yellow-tinted area with the lighter blue of the mountain rage in the middle ground, as well as with the darker blue tones of the hills in the foreground. While the work is an abstract composition, it faithfully follows nature in the lines of the mountain crests – an idea that was perhaps inspired by Japanese woodcuts.

Object data

  • Koloman Moser
Mountain Ranges
Art movement
Classical Modernism
Oil on canvas
38×50.3 cm
Monogrammed and dated lower left: KM 13
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 503
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).
  • 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.
  • Wien 1900. Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Diethard Leopold/Peter Weinhäupl, Wien u.a. 2009.
  • 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: 115

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Privatbesitz, Wien (o.D.); (1)
Auktion: 22.09.1971, Dorotheum Wien, 593. Kunstauktion, Los 320; Tafel 122; (2)
Privatbesitz, Wien (1976); (3)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1984-1994); (4)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, E-Mail-Auskunft des Dorotheums Wien vom 07.03.2018.
  2. Dorotheum Wien, Katalog zur 593. Kunstauktion, September 1971; Gerd Pichler, Eberhard Kohlbacher (Hg.), Koloman Moser. Die Gemälde, Wien 2012, S. 123, WV 115.
  3. Werner Fenz, Kolo Moser. Internationaler Jugendstil und Wiener Secession, Salzburg 1976, S. 182, Nr. 79 „Berggipfel“
  4. Werner Fenz, Koloman Moser. Graphik, Kunstgewerbe, Malerei, Salzburg 1984, S. 261, Nr. 36 „Berggipfel“

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