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Youth and Cupid, 1911

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
168×108.8 cm


  • Anton Kolig

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

Currently on display at EG
Anton Kolig’s (1886–1950) large-format painting Youth and Cupid is considered one of the milestones of his early work. His lifelong study of the human form, his fascination for nudes, and, above all, the male body, are initially evidenced in this monumental work. Increasingly turning away from the Symbolist influences of his student days in Vienna, the depiction of the boy shows first signs of the sculptural painting that essentially characterizes Kolig’s painting of the 1920s through 1940s. A timid sort of awkwardness shines through despite the already masculine hips, athletic legs, and oversized feet. The subject is on the threshold between puberty and adolescence. The year of the painting’s production was one of profound change for Kolig, for in 1911 he and Katharina Wiegele married and shortly after he became a father. He then subsequently joined forces with Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980), Sebastian Isepp (1884–1954), Franz Wiegele (1887–1944), and other members of the Neukunstgruppe, taking part in the legendary Special Exhibition for Painting and Sculpture on the premises of the artists’ association Hagenbund.

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Object data

Youth and Cupid
Art movement
Expressionism, Nötsch Circle
Oil on canvas
168×108.8 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 196
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).
  • Wien 1900. Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Diethard Leopold/Peter Weinhäupl, Wien u.a. 2009.
  • Otmar Rychlik: Anton Kolig 1886-1950. Das malerische Werk, Wien 2001.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Rychlik 2001: 34

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Robin C. Andersen, Wien (1925-1948); (1)
Anton Kolig, Nötsch (1950); (2)
Dr. Bruno Grimschitz, Wien (vor 1954); (3)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1967-1994); (4)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Richard von Schaukal, Anton Kolig, in: Der Cicerone 6, 1925, S. 308; Friedrich Welz, Anton Kolig, Salzburg 1948: Werkverzeichnis, Nr. 8
  2. Foto des Ateliers Anton Koligs 1950. Abgedruckt bei Othmar Rychlik, Anton Kolig 1886-1950. Das malerische Werk, Wien 2001, S. 384, Abb. 10.
  3. Richard Milesi, Anton Kolig 1886-1950, Klagenfurt 1954, Abb. 1
  4. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schreiben Dr. Rudolf Leopold an Sibylla Luksch vom 28.09.1967

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