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The Lace Maker, 1933

Leopold Museum Vienna,
© Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Oil on canvas
65.8×80.5 cm


  • Oskar Kokoschka

    (Pöchlarn 1886–1980 Montreux)

Currently on display at OG3
The numerous portraits created by Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980) are characteristic for his oeuvre. His talent for capturing the emotional depths of a person on canvas earned him the sobriquet “ripper of souls”, while his contemporaries went as far as attesting him X-ray vision. In his later years, Kokoschka oriented himself on a brighter and bolder color palette, but never lost his ability to grasp the individual character of his models. The work The Lace Maker is representative of Kokoschka’s works painted in the 1930s. The swiftly placed, distinctive brushstrokes, which invest the depicted’s arms and the background with a sketch-like appearance, serve to emphasize the elaborately rendered facial features. Owing to the voluminous forms and impasto painting, The Lace Maker exudes a sense of monumental calm.

Object data

  • Oskar Kokoschka
The Lace Maker
Art movement
Oil on canvas
65.8×80.5 cm
Monogrammed lower left: OK
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6025
Inventory access
Accession 2016 2017
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
  • Oskar Kokoschka. Expressionist, Migrant, Europäer, hrsg. von Cathérine Hug/Heike Eipeldauer, Heidelberg 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Kunsthaus Zürich, 14.12.2018–10.03.2019; Leopold Museum, Wien, 06.04.2019–08.07.2019).
  • Kokoschka. Das Ich im Brennpunkt, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Franz Smola, Wien 2013 (Ausst. Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 04.10.2013–27.01.2014).
  • Die nackte Wahrheit. Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka und andere Skandale, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Max Hollein, München 2005 (Ausst.-Kat. Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 28.01.2005-24.01.2005; Leopold Museum, Wien, 31.05.2005-22.08.2005).
  • Fondation Oskar Kokoschka, Werkkatalog der Gemälde von Oskar Kokoschka,
Catalogue raisonne
  • 1933/10

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Leicester Gallery, London (o.D.);
Galleria Annunciata, Mailand (o.D.);
E. & A Silberman Galleries, New York (o.D.); (1)
Auktion: 20.11.1968, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Important Impressionist and modern paintings, drawings and sculpture, Nr. 48;
B. Gerald Cantor, Beverly Hills /später New York (ab 1968)
Auktion: 03.11.2011, Sotheby’s New York, Impressionist and Modern Art - Day Sale, Nr. 388;
Auktion: 22.05.2014, Dorotheum Wien, Klassische Moderne, Nr. 1136; (2)
Dr. Elisabeth Leopold, Wien (2014-2017);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (2017). (3)

  1. Homepage des Dorotheums, abgefragt am 10.07.2017
  2. Fondation Oskar Kokoschka, Online-Werkkatalog, 1933/10 Die Spitzenklöpplerin (29.10.2018)
  3. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag vom 20.12.2016

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