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Violins and Hands, 1932

Leopold Museum,
Color lithograph on paper
100.1×69.9 cm


  • Max Oppenheimer

    (Vienna 1885–1954 New York)

Currently on display at UG1
Hands served Max Oppenheimer (1885–1954) – also known as MOPP – as descriptive pictorial elements that are able to convey stories. In the 1932 work Hands and Violins they even appear in lieu of two people as carriers of expression. The two people that the hands belong to are hidden in the ensemble under pages of sheet music and gray-green fabric, and are thus inseparably linked. MOPP’s interest in hands, and particularly in hands making music, is evident from the number of times that he used them as means of communication, for instance in his Portrait of Tilla Durieux. From 1914, especially, MOPP began to intently explore music and its depiction in the visual arts, and created a multi-faceted body of works dedicated to the visualization of music-making.

Object data

  • Max Oppenheimer
Violins and Hands
Art movement
Graphic work
Color lithograph on paper
100.1×69.9 cm
Signed and dated in the stone lower center: MOPP.32; numbered and signed lower left: 64/100 MOPP.
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 3043
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Marie-Agnes von Puttkamer: Max Oppenheimer – MOPP (1885-1954). Leben und malerisches Werk mit einem Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde, Wien u.a. 1999.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Puttkamer 1999: 208

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Auktion: 19.12.1979, Karl & Faber, München;
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1979-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung vom 19.12.1979

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