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The Cotton Picker. Poster for the exhibition 1908 Kunstschau, 1908

Leopold Museum Vienna,
© Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Lithograph on paper
95.3×62.9 cm


  • Oskar Kokoschka

    (Pöchlarn 1886–1980 Montreux)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In 1908, Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980) accepted Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and Josef Hoffmann’s (1870–1956) invitation to design the poster for the Kunstschau held that year. While the young artist still oriented himself on his role model Klimt, Kokoschka’s manner of depiction appears much more radical: the elongated limbs could almost be described as Mannerist. The angular outlines, large color planes and the writing matching this style, however, were still typical for Viennese poster art, which an entire room was dedicated to in the exhibition. Whether the girl is indeed picking cotton or vine leaves is subject to some debate. Kokoschka’s fellow student at the School of Arts and Crafts, Rudolf Kalvach (1883–1932), also designed a poster for the Kunstschau which shows some stylistic parallels to Kokoschka’s work Poster for the exhibition 1908 Kunstschau.

Object data

  • Oskar Kokoschka
The Cotton Picker. Poster for the exhibition 1908 Kunstschau
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Expressionism
Graphic work
Lithograph on paper
95.3×62.9 cm
Monogrammed center left: OK; designated lower center: 1908 MAI OKTOBER WIEN SCHWARZENBERGPL A. BERGER DRUCK V. LITOGRAPHIE WIEN VIII. TIGERG.17/19.; signed lower right: OKokoschka
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6033
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).
  • Wien 1900. Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Diethard Leopold/Peter Weinhäupl, Wien u.a. 2009.
  • Alfred Weidinger/Alice Strobl: Oskar Kokoschka. Die Zeichnungen und Aquarelle 1897–1916, Salzburg 2008.
  • 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).
  • Hans Maria Wingler/Friedrich Welz: Oskar Kokoschka. Das druckgraphische Werk, Salzburg 1975.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Weidinger/Strobl 2008: 236
  • Wingler/Welz 1975: 30

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Privatsammlung Leopold, Wien; (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2017).

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag und Rechnung vom 30.03.2017

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