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Portrait of Young Man in Red Cap, c. 1928

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust 2023
Oil on canvas
50.2×33 cm


  • Marie-Louise Motesiczky

    (Vienna 1906–1996 London)

Currently on display at EG
Marie-Louise von Motesiczky (1906–1996) hailed from a very wealthy Jewish family on her mother’s side and from an aristocratic one on her father’s side. In 1923, aged 14, she met Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980) at her parents’ house in Hinterbrühl, along with the Expressionist painter Max Beckmann (1884–1950, who was 22 years her senior. From 1927, she attended the latter’s masterclass at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. Beckmann would remain her mentor and good friend all her life. Following the annexation of Austria in 1938, Motesiczky and her mother were forced to emigrate. The painting Portrait of a Young man with Red Cap was created around 1928 and is among the artist’s early works. The narrow format, which she often used during this time, shows a young man wearing a fez. Painted with a thick brush, the work boasts dark contours and still reveals her proximity to her teacher Beckmann not least on account of these pronounced outlines.

Object data

  • Marie-Louise Motesiczky
Portrait of Young Man in Red Cap
c. 1928
Art movement
Expressionism, New Objectivity
Oil on canvas
50.2×33 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6327, acquired in 2019 as a gift from the Marie-Louise Motesiczky Charitable Trust
Inventory access
Accession 2018 2019
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).
  • Ines Schlenker: Marie-Louise von Motesiczky (1906–1996). A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings. With a Selection of Drawings, Manchester 2009.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Schlenker 2009: 26

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, London (1996);
Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, London (1996-2019); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2019); (2)

  1. Homepage des Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, London. (15.04.2019)
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schenkungsvertrag vom 18.01.2019

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