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Still Life with Apples and Grapes, 1912

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
49.2×63.5 cm


  • Anton Kolig

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

Currently on display at EG
Between 1911 and 1913, the painter Anton Kolig (1886–1950) created an entire series of still lifes. By means of motionless, inanimate objects, the artist explored new painterly ground. Kolig painted these objects in a sketch-like manner. Dynamically placed blots of color, indicative of the immediacy of paint application, constitute the motifs. The painting Still Life with Apples and Grapes boasts a narrower image detail. The painter rendered the reflection of the fruit on the smooth surface of the table in a highly effective manner, further emphasized by the light. The artist composed his objects with dynamic brushwork, using hatching and staining. This manner of painting used for his still lifes clearly illustrates his connection to Paul Cézanne (1839–1906), whose work Kolig had the opportunity to study in Paris. In the autumn of 1912, he and Franz Wiegele (1887–1944) had received a joint scholarship, awarded by the Kathi-Fröhlich-Foundation on the initiative of Carl Moll (1861–1945), which allowed Kolig to stay in the French capital.

Object data

Still Life with Apples and Grapes
Art movement
Expressionism, Nötsch Circle
Oil on canvas
49.2×63.5 cm
Signed and dated lower right: A. Kolig 1912
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 507
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.

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1981-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schreiben der Kärntner Landesgalerie an Dr. Rudolf Leopold vom 04.03.1981.

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