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Still Life with Tortoise, 1913

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
92.5×73.6 cm


  • Anton Kolig

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

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
A vase with flowers and two bowls with fruit are standing on a dark surface. A red apple has attracted a small tortoise, which is scaling the rim of the bowl. The individual motifs as well as the background are subordinate to an overall structure built by hatched strokes, which the painter Anton Kolig (1886–1950) energizes in an expressive style. This still life is part of a series created between 1911 and 1913, illustrating the artist’s exploration of the painting style of the French Modernist pioneer Paul Cézanne (1839–1906). Kolig’s signature and designation on the painting show that the work was created in Paris in 1913. Together with his wife Katharina and his friend and former fellow student Franz Wiegele (1887–1944), Anton Kolig had left for Paris in November 1912 on a study trip financed by a scholarship from the Kathi Fröhlich Foundation, with the express intention of studying Cézanne’s work in greater detail.

Object data

Still Life with Tortoise
Art movement
Expressionism, Nötsch Circle
Oil on canvas
92.5×73.6 cm
Designated, dated and monogrammed upper left: Paris 1913 OK
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 194
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: 56

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Berta Zuckerkandl, Wien (1925); (1)
Benno Moser, Wien (o.D.); (2)
Galerie Friedrich Welz, Salzburg (1948); (3)
Privatbesitz, Wien (1965); (4)
Galerie Schebesta, Wien (o.D.);
Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1968-1994); (5)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Richard Schaukal, Anton Kolig, in: Der Cicerone 6, 1925, S. 308
  2. Bildrückseite: Stempel “Sammlung Benno Moser”
  3. Friedrich Welz, Anton Kolig, Salzburg 1948: Werkverzeichnis, Nr. 26.
  4. Werner Hofmann, Moderne Malerei in Österreich, Wien 1965, S. 80 (Tafel 36, hier: „Stillleben mit Obstteller und Schildkröte“).
  5. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Verkaufsquittungen der Galerie Schebesta vom 03.04. und 16.04.1968.

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