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Heiligenstadt, Grinzinger Straße 64, Beethoven Houses No. 4, 1902

Leopold Museum,
Woodcut on Japan paper
23.7×22.7 cm


  • Carl Moll

    (Vienna 1861–1945 Vienna)

  • Wiener Werkstätte
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Carl Moll (1861–1945) used the technique of the woodcut for his series of Beethoven Houses. After a first high point in the Renaissance period, namely, with Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), the technique went all but out of use before it was rediscovered by Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) und Edvard Munch (1863–1944) and saw its bloom in Vienna around 1900. In woodcutting, the artist first transfers a drawing onto a panel of, mostly, nut, peach, or yew wood and then lifts off or carves out the intended white, non-printing areas with a knife or gouge. The resultant raised areas take up the color which is put to paper under the printing press. The house in Grinzinger Strasse represented here was where Beethoven lived at the same time as the then-adolescent playwright Franz Grillparzer (1791–1872). When Beethoven became aware that Grillparzer’s mother liked to listen to him playing the piano, he touched the instrument no more. Moll shows the inner courtyard here from which simple wooden stairs led up the upper floor where Beethoven’s quarters were.

Object data

  • Carl Moll
  • Execution: Wiener Werkstätte
Heiligenstadt, Grinzinger Straße 64, Beethoven Houses No. 4
Art movement
Graphic work
Woodcut on Japan paper
23.7×22.7 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6036 06
Inventory access
Accession 2016 2017
Selection of Reference works
  • Christian Huemer/Stella Rollig u.a.: Carl Moll. Monografie und Werkverzeichnis, Wien 2020.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Rollig/Huemer, 2020: DG 17

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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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