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Sick Boy I, c. 1914

Leopold Museum,
Lithograph on paper
63.5×45.9 cm


  • Georg Ehrlich

    (Vienna 1897–1966 Lucerne)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Stripped to the waist, a sick boy sits weakly in a corner. His skinny body is sunken in on itself, shoulders sagging, he has rings under his large sunken eyes. The clearly outlined figure is seen against a vivid background. Appearing there is the Angel of Death like a foreboding of the child’s destiny. In 1914, Georg Ehrlich (1897–1966) still was a student at the Vienna Arts and Crafts School. Already in 2015, aged only 18, he was drafted for World War I as a soldier and had some incisive experiences at the Russian and the Italian front. The graphic artist and later sculptor kept concerning himself with the representation of the human condition in its many dimensions throughout his oeuvre. With his sensitive observation, Ehrlich was able to give visibility to the most delicate nuances of the boy’s physical and mental tensions.

Object data

  • Georg Ehrlich
Sick Boy I
c. 1914
Art movement
Hagenbund, Expressionism
Graphic work
Lithograph on paper
63.5×45.9 cm
Estate stamp lower right: Georg Ehrlich
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6395
Inventory access
Accession 2019

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Kunsthandel Widder, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2019); (1)

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schenkungsvertrag vom 19.09.2019

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