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Self-Portrait from Two Sides as a Painter. Poster for the Kokoschka exhibition held at Kunstsalon Wolfsberg, Zurich, 1923

Leopold Museum Vienna,
© Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Color lithograph on paper
127.8×91 cm


  • Oskar Kokoschka

    (Pöchlarn 1886–1980 Montreux)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
During his time as a professor at the Dresden Academy, Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980) created the 1923 colored chalk lithograph *Self-Portrait from Two Sides as a Painter *. The depiction is strongly reminiscent of Cubist forms of expression and of early works created by the artist in 1910 for the magazine Der Sturm. Kokoschka chose this self-portrait as the poster for his solo exhibition held in the autumn of 1923 at the Zurich art salon Wolfsberg. Under the emerging National Socialist regime, Kokoschka’s works were defamed as “degenerate”, destroyed and displayed in the propaganda exhibition Degenerate Art. Along with rabble-rousing texts, the accompanying catalogue featured three works by the artist, including this self-portrait.

Object data

  • Oskar Kokoschka
Self-Portrait from Two Sides as a Painter. Poster for the Kokoschka exhibition held at Kunstsalon Wolfsberg, Zurich
Art movement
Graphic work
Color lithograph on paper
127.8×91 cm
Designated upper left: O. KOKOSCHKA; designated upper right: SEPT. OKT. 23; signed lower center: OKokoschka; designated lower center: GEOEFFNET 9-12 und 2-6 SONNTAGS 10-12 UHR KUNSTSALON WOLFSBERG 109 BEDERSTR. ZÜRICH 2 "WOLFSBERG" ZÜRICH
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6069
Inventory access
New addition 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).
  • 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
  • Wingler/Welz 1975: 164

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Auktion: 02.06.2027, Grisebach GmbH, Berlin, Auktion “Moderne Kunst”, Los Nr. 354;
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2017); (1)

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung Nr. BR170098 vom 06.06.2017 und Lieferschein vom 22.06.2017

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