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Poster for his lecture at the Association for Literature and Music, 1911/12

Leopold Museum Vienna,
© Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Color lithograph on paper
91.1×56 cm


  • Oskar Kokoschka

    (Pöchlarn 1886–1980 Montreux)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980) chose a self-portrait to advertise his lecture entitled On the Awareness of Faces, which took place on 26th January 1912 at the Association for Literature and Music: Self-Portrait, Hand on Chest. The same motif was used as a poster subject for Herwarth Walden’s (1878–1941) magazine Der Sturm and reflects the artist’s understanding of himself as an ecce homo or Man of Sorrows: Stigmatized as a “chief wildling”, he felt rejected by the Viennese public. Kokoschka’s statements uttered during the lecture caused renewed outrage and reinforced his scandalous reputation, which eventually led to his dismissal from the secondary school for girls on Franziskanerplatz, where he had taught drawing from 1911.

Object data

  • Oskar Kokoschka
Poster for his lecture at the Association for Literature and Music
Art movement
Graphic work
Color lithograph on paper
91.1×56 cm
Signed in the depiction
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2973
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
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: 376
  • Wingler/Welz 1975: 33

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