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Portrait of a Patient (Bruno Granichstaedten), 26.4.1915

Leopold Museum,
Watercolor, pencil on paper
48.3×32 cm


  • Erwin Dominik Osen

    (Vienna 1891–1970 Dortmund)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
On 26th April 1915, Erwin Osen (1891–1970) created a likeness of the operetta composer Bruno Granichstaedten (1879–1944) at Vienna’s 2nd Garrison Hospital, and the depicted confidently signed the work. Shortly after the premiere of his first major stage success on 20th March 1915 at the Theater an der Wien, Granichstaedten was admitted to hospital with the diagnosis of a “moderately severe neurasthenia” on the very day that Osen was discharged from the same hospital, where he had been treated for “chronic neurasthenia”. In the admission form, the attending physician Stefan Jellinek (1871–1968), whose estate comprised this drawing as well as Studies of Patients and other works, described symptoms of “severe nervousness”, convulsions, visual snow, frequent headaches and dizziness. The notes further include references to Granichstaedten’s “hypalgesia” – his reduced sensitivity to pain in the right side of his body – which was possibly tested and treated with electroshock therapy. On 3rd May 1915, Granichstaedten was discharged and deemed “fit for service”.

Object data

  • Erwin Dominik Osen
Portrait of a Patient (Bruno Granichstaedten)
Art movement
Graphic work
Watercolor, pencil on paper
48.3×32 cm
Signed and dated lower right: Osen Erwin von 1915; designated and numbered lower right: Garnis. Spt. 26. 4; designated lower center: Bruno Granichstaedten
Credit line
Leopold Museum,Vienna, Inv. 6418, The acquisition of these drawings was made possible by the generous support of the society of Friends of the Leopold Museum
Inventory access
Accession 2019 2020

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Provenance research
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Stefan Jellinek, Wien / Oxford (1915-1968); (1)
Ernst Heinrich Jellinek, Edingburgh (ab 1968); (2)
Diana Jellinek, Timperley, UK (bis 2020); (3)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2020)

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, E-mail Mag. Verena Gamper an Dr. Alfred Fehringer vom 09.03.2022
  2. Christian Klösch, Stefan Jellinek. Eintrag im Lexikon der österreichischen Provenienzforschung vom 06.01.2019
    (, 10.03.2022)
  3. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung vom 28.01.2020

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