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Figure Study for “Venus in the Grotto”, c. 1914

Leopold Museum,
Pencil, india ink on tracing linen (with grid)
55×35.5 cm


  • Koloman Moser

    (Vienna 1868–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Koloman Moser (1868–1918) explored the composition of his work Venus in the Grotto over an extended period of time, as documented by the existence of various drafts and versions of this motif, among which the present one may be called the most mature. Venus appears to us within the hollow of a rock, and surrounded by an opened veil that covers no more than part of her legs. The artist rendered her naked and in colors which no longer correspond to nature, using chrome yellow for the heightened areas and pale purple for the shadows. For the surrounding veil, the artist chose yellow ocher and light blue, while rendering the rocks in a greenish blue and ocher. In the lower right corner he added a bouquet of flowers. Moser achieved an impressive harmony of colors in this rendering. The artist created a version of his work [The Hiker] (/en/object/583) with exactly the same measurements, which he apparently intended as a companion piece to this painting.

Object data

  • Koloman Moser
Figure Study for “Venus in the Grotto”
c. 1914
Art movement
Secession, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil, india ink on tracing linen (with grid)
55×35.5 cm
Numbered upper right: 6
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2714
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Koloman Moser 1868-1818, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Gerd Pichler, Wien 2007 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 25.05.2007-10.09.2007).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

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