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Poster Der Sturm, 1910

Leopold Museum Vienna,
© Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Lithograph on paper
71×47.3 cm


  • Oskar Kokoschka

    (Pöchlarn 1886–1980 Montreux)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Dubbed a “chief wildling” and rejected and unappreciated by Viennese society, Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980) staged himself in 1910 as a suffering Son of Man – with a shaved head and pointing to the wound on his side. This provocative self-stigmatization as ecce homo was published several times as a poster. Herwarth Walden (1878−1941) decided to use Kokoschka’s self-portrait as an advertisement for his magazine Der Sturm. Walden, who had built an excellently connected distributing agency in Berlin, not only published Kokoschka’s play Murderer, the Hope of Women, which premiered in 1909 – for whose poster the artist also used Christian iconography –, but also various illustrations and a series of likenesses which includes his own portrait Herwarth Walden.

Object data

  • Oskar Kokoschka
Poster Der Sturm
Art movement
Graphic work
Lithograph on paper
71×47.3 cm
Designated upper center: DER STURM; designated lower left: NEUE NUMMER; monogrammed lower right: OK; designated lower center: KUNSTANSTALT ARNOLD WEYLANDT BERLIN S:O:
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 5972
Inventory access
Accession 2016
Selection of Reference works
  • Max Oppenheimer. Expressionist der ersten Stunde, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2023 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 06.10.2023 –25.02.2024).
  • 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).
  • 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: 311
  • Wingler/Welz 1975: 32

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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 vom 23.01.2017

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