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Angel, c. 1903

Leopold Museum,
India ink and pastels on paper
147×52 cm


  • Erich Mallina

    (Prerau/Přerov 1873–1954 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In this depiction, created in a narrow vertical format, a gray plane obscures the dark angel figure with a spread wing on the right. The forms appear highly abstracted. The lower, delimited field reveals two stylized heads – a green female face nestling tenderly against a red face in profile. To the left, we discern a string of creatures in nature. Erich Mallina (1873–1954) created this enigmatic composition in 1903. That year, the artist from Prerau in today’s Czech Republic, became a teacher at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts and married Rosa Zahradnik, the daughter of a sculptor. Appointed professor in 1906, he continued to teach until his retirement in 1930. This financial stability allowed him to persue his own art with great artistic freedom. Boasting a heightened symbolism, this work provides an early indication of abstraction and Surrealism.

Object data

  • Erich Mallina
c. 1903
Art movement
Graphic work
India ink and pastels on paper
147×52 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6523, Donation Collection Hummel, Vienna
Inventory access
Accession 2020
Selection of Reference works
  • Julius Hummel/Oswald Oberhuber: Erich Mallina (1873-1954), Wien 1980.

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Julius Hummel, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2020). (1)

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schenkungsvertrag vom 25.11.2020

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