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Female Nude. Postcard, 1917

Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
Watercolor on cardboard
13.9×9.1 cm


  • Rudolf Kalvach

    (Vienna 1883–1932 Kosmonosy)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Along with his penchant for idiosyncratic, surreal depictions, which would become so characteristic of Rudolf Kalvach’s (1883–1932) oeuvre, the artist also used a classical repertoire of motifs. Already during his studies at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, Kalvach intently explored the motif of the human body. Many of his early graphic studies were created already in the preparatory class held by Alfred Roller (1864–1935), which the artist attended from 1900 to 1903. This 1917 female nude was conceived as a postcard and features few of Kalvach’s characteristic traits. The emphasized outlines alone are reminiscent of the paintings and graphic works created by the artist around 1910. Kalvach modeled the female figure’s body parts using only two different shades of red, and thus drastically reduced the depiction.

Object data

  • Rudolf Kalvach
Female Nude. Postcard
Art movement
Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Watercolor on cardboard
13.9×9.1 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6135
Inventory access
Accession 2018
Selection of Reference works
  • Fantastisch! Rudolf Kalvach. Wien und Triest um 1900, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Roberto Festi, Cinisello Balsamo 2012 (Ausst. Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 07.06.2012–10.09.2012).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Magda Grasmayr, Salzburg (bis 1944); (1)
Nachlass nach Magda Grasmayr, Salzburg (1945); (2)
Dr. Klaus Grasmayr, Salzburg (ab 1945); (3)
Galerie bei der Albertina Zetter, Wien (o.D.); (4)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2018)

  1. Rückseitig eigenhändige Zeilen des Künstlers an Magda Grasmayr;
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, E-mail Galerie bei der Albertina-Zetter an Dr. Alfred Fehringer (LMPS) vom 20.05.2022
  3. Michael Wladika, Dossier „LM Inv. Nr. „1343, 1347, 1348, 1349“ vom 31.01.2018, S. 19.
  4. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schenkungsvertrag vom 25.10.2018

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