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Portrait of a Patient, 04.04.1915

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


  • Erwin Dominik Osen

    (Vienna 1891–1970 Dortmund)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In spring 1915, Erwin Osen (1891–1970) made a series of portrait drawings of patients in the psychiatric ward of the Garrison Hospital II on Rennweg in Vienna, where he himself was being treated for “chronic neurasthenia” over a period of several weeks. The works were likely commissioned by electropathologist and head of the neurology ward Stefan Jellinek (1871–1968) for purposes of medical research and education. The drawings are from Jellinek’s estate; others also included in the holdings of the Leopold Museum are: Portrait of a Patient (“Bruno Granichstaedten”); Portrait of a Patient; Portrait of a Patient; Portrait of a Patient; Studies of Patients; Portrait of a Patient; Portrait of a Patient and Portrait of a Patient (“Catamite”).

Object data

  • Erwin Dominik Osen
Portrait of a Patient
Art movement
Graphic work
Watercolor, pencil on paper
48.3×32 cm
Signed and dated lower right: Osen Erwin von 1915.; designated lower right: Garn. Spitl. Ostern.
Credit line
Leopold Museum,Vienna, Inv. 6419, 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
Leopold Museum i

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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