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Large Nude with Mirror, 1926

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
177.4×80 cm


  • Anton Kolig

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

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The painter Anton Kolig (1886–1950) presents an almost life-sized young male nude in front of a mirror. This makes it possible to show the back of the figure at the same time. Since the light in the studio illuminates the figure from behind, the front view is in the shade and the back view reflected in the mirror seems brightly lit. This simultaneous effect enhances the plasticity of the body and the detailed representation of its anatomy. In this depiction, however, the young man’s arms crossed over his chest, his bent leg and his facial expression convey shyness and fear. Kolig intensively explored the motif of standing male nudes during the 1920s. For this purpose, he regularly chose young men of athletic build as his models and had them pose in the hall of Michor Inn in Nötsch, which he was using as a studio at the time.

Object data

Large Nude with Mirror
Art movement
Expressionism, Nötsch Circle
Oil on canvas
177.4×80 cm
Monogrammed lower left: AK
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 198
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: 201

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Anton Kolig, Nötsch (bis 1938);
Galerie Friedrich Welz, Salzburg (ab 1938-1957); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1957-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schreiben des Landesarchivs Salzburg an die Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung vom 14.06.2017.
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung der Galerie Welz, Salzburg, vom 15.12.1957

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