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Modern Cupids, Triptych, Right Panel, 1868

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
147×236 cm


  • Hans Makart

    (Salzburg 1840–1884 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG4
A rare preliminary drawing for the right panel of the rendering Modern Cupids has survived and is kept today at the Albertina with the title Children Dancing a Roundelay in the Forest. The watercolored pencil drawing with white heightening reveals an already settled composition, especially with regards the central group of three figures. While this composition was adopted for the finished work almost without changes, Hans Makart (1840–1884) developed new ideas for the flanking groups. The rhythm of these groups was precisely calculated. The kissing pair of girls in white dresses is framed by a semicircle on the left, while the figure shown from the back on the left edge initiates the movement. Makart designed the right half of the composition in a similar manner, transferring the train of movement of the figure clad in a dress of saturated “Makart red” to two further figures. A female bust in the background is reminiscent of similar themes in Renaissance and Rococo painting.

Object data

Modern Cupids, Triptych, Right Panel
Art movement
Oil on canvas
147×236 cm
On the central panel
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6575, Donation from a Private Collection
Inventory access
Accession 2021
Selection of Reference works
  • 20 Jahre Leopold Museum 2001-2021, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2021.
  • Gerbert Frodl: Hans Makart. Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde, hrsg. von Agnes Husslein-Arco, Weitra 2013.
  • Gerbert Frodl: Hans Makart. Monographie und Werkverzeichnis, Salzburg 1974.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Frodl 1974: 94/1–3
  • Frodl 2013: 116/1-3

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Provenance research
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Sammlung Graf János Pálffy-Erdöd (1829–1908), Schloss Králova/Königshaiden, Ankauf direkt vom Künstler 1868;
ErbInnen nach Graf János Pálffy-Erdöd (1909-1924);
Auktion: 30.06.1924, Ostslovakisches Museum, Bad Pistyan, Los 15 und 16 (nur die beiden Seitenteile);
Kunsthandel Tschechoslowakei;
Otokar (geb. 1882) und Melanie Tuma (geb. 1885), Prag;
im Erbgang an deren Tochter Adrienne (1914–1994), verh. Gräfin Waldstein-Wartenberg;
im Tauschweg an Marie Gräfin Bossi-Fedrigotti (geb. Gräfin Waldstein-Wartenberg, 1878–1950) bzw. deren Tochter Marie Gräfin Trapp, Schloss Friedberg, Tirol;
Verkauf an das Hotel Maria-Theresia, Innsbruck, Mitte/Ende der 1940er Jahre;
Bank Austria Kunstsammlung, Wien (1978-2005); (1)
UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Wien (2005-2021);
Auktion: 07.06.2021, Dorotheum Wien, Gemälde des 19. Jahrhunderts, Los Nr. 541
Privatbesitz, Wien (2021);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2021); (2)

  1. Dorotheum Wien, Online-Katalog: (Mai 2021); Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien, Katalog zu Hans Makart. Malerfürst (1840-1884), Wien 2000; S. 28 „Moderne Amoretten“.
  2. Schenkungsvertrag vom 07.06.2021

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