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Still Life with Fruit and Book, c. 1911

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
64.5×85.3 cm


  • Anton Kolig

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

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This still life is probably one of the earliest in a series that Anton Kolig (1886–1950) created between 1911 and 1913. The series is a clear example of the young artist’s occupation with an expressive compositional style, which he developed in 1911 and put into practice over subsequent years. The starting point for this new style was his role model Paul Cézanne (1839–1906). The retrospective exhibition from 1907, organized at the Salon d’Automne in Paris, had exposed the art world to Cézanne’s revolutionary innovations and triggered a veritable wave of euphoria surrounding his painting style in art centers across Europe. His characteristic painting style, in which he rendered individual motifs using an overall hatching pattern, was readily appropriated by Kolig in this early still life. Kolig even developed this method of representation further – by dynamizing the structural elements and expanding the sketch-like daubs of color, he took the forms into a more expressive direction.

Object data

Still Life with Fruit and Book
c. 1911
Art movement
Expressionism, Nötsch Circle
Oil on canvas
64.5×85.3 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 169
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: 36

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Galerie Würthle, Wien (1987); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Galerie Würthle, Der Nötscher Kreis. Isepp, Wiegele, Kolig, Frankl, Mahringer, Wien 1987, Nr. 38

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