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Mother and Child, 1921

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Woodcut on paper
60×46 cm


  • Otto Rudolf Schatz

    (Vienna 1900–1961 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Along with his work as a painter, the Austrian artist Otto Rudolf Schatz (1900–1961) was active primarily as a woodcutter – more than 1.500 extant motifs exist. The work Mother and Child shows a woman huddled in a landscape, lovingly tending to her baby. The artist carved the concentrated lines in a soft, curvy manner into the wood, creating a dense graphic composition with an interplay of different movements. With this theme, Schatz transferred the Christian motif “Madonna and Infant Jesus” into a contemporary context. The technique of woodcuts experienced a particular heyday at the time of Expressionism, as the angular, powerful lines in the wood accommodated the movement’s demand for the primal and original.

Object data

  • Otto Rudolf Schatz
Mother and Child
Alternative title
Mother with Infant in a Landscape
Art movement
Hagenbund, Expressionism
Graphic work
Woodcut on paper
60×46 cm
Signed, monogrammed and dated lower right: OttoRSchatz ORS 21 x
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 3597
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Otto Rudolf Schatz. Monografie und Werkverzeichnis, hrsg. von Stella Rollig/Christian Huemer, Belvedere Werkverzeichnisse, Band 7, Wien 2018.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Rollig/Huemer online 2018: EX 48275

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