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Portrait of a Lady in Red, 1950

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust 2023
Oil on canvas
53.3×38.3 cm


  • Marie-Louise Motesiczky

    (Vienna 1906–1996 London)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Marie-Louise von Motesiczky’s (1906–1996) paintings can be categorized somewhere between Expressionism and New Objectivity. What is compelling about them is the new and independent conception, which lets their painter step out of the shadow of her teacher Max Beckmann (1884–1950) and her longtime companion Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980). Motesiczky often created unsparing or sensitive portraits that always have an aspect of intimacy to them. Aside from portraying her mother, one of Motesiczky’s most important sitters was Elias Canetti (1905–1994), Nobel Prize winner for literature, with whom she had a love relationship that lasted over 50 years until the end of his life. Portrait of a Lady in Red of 1950 convinces with its radiant colors and an impressive play of light and shadow.

Object data

  • Marie-Louise Motesiczky
Portrait of a Lady in Red
Art movement
Expressionism, New Objectivity
Oil on canvas
53.3×38.3 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6330, acquired in 2019 as a gift from the Marie-Louise Motesiczky Charitable Trust
Inventory access
Accession 2018 2019
Selection of Reference works
  • Ines Schlenker: Marie-Louise von Motesiczky (1906–1996). A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings. With a Selection of Drawings, Manchester 2009.

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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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