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Self-Portrait in a Blue Jacket, 1927

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
126.9×78.8 cm


  • Anton Kolig

    (Nový Jičín 1886–1950 Nötsch in the Gailtal)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Wearing a blue jacket and a hat, the painter Anton Kolig (1886–1950) shows himself well-fed, self-confident and energetic in this self-portrait. He is 41 years old and has been living in the Carinthian village of Nötsch ever since the end of World War I in 1918. His upper body is slightly bent backwards, his chest and belly are partially exposed. His gesticulating arms, intense eye contact and head tilted backwards emphasize the impression of an extroverted posture. He carelessly renders his clothes with vehement, broad brushstrokes, to which the finely drawn face forms a stylistic contrast. The vague background, divided in two halves by its coloration, makes the artist stand out auratically. One year later, in 1928, Kolig and his family moved to Stuttgart, where he had been assigned a teaching position at the Württemberg Academy of Fine Arts.

Object data

Self-Portrait in a Blue Jacket
Art movement
Expressionism, Nötsch Circle
Oil on canvas
126.9×78.8 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 199
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: 209

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Katharina Kolig, Nötsch (vor 1948-1971); (1)
Antonietta Steiger, Spittal an der Drau (ab 1971); (2)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1981-1994); (3)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Friedrich Welz, Anton Kolig, Salzburg 1948: Werkverzeichnis, Nr. 131
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, E-Mail von Cornelius Kolig an Dr. Franz Smola (LMPS) vom 27.02.2017
  3. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schreiben der Kärntner Landesgalerie an Dr. Rudolf Leopold vom 04.03.1981

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