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Standing Nude, Propped Up, after Lilith Lang
(The Juggler’s Child), 1907

Leopold Museum Vienna,
© Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Pencil on paper
44.9×31 cm


  • Oskar Kokoschka

    (Pöchlarn 1886–1980 Montreux)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Typical of Oskar Kokoschka’s (1886–1980) early period are his nude drawings of pre-adolescent girls, such as Semi-Nude Girl with Upper Body Bent Forward, a large number of which have survived. Around 1900, the female type of a nymphet, combining childlike and more mature physical features, was omnipresent. Artists including Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and Egon Schiele (1890–1918) also availed themselves of this motif. Often rendered in motion, Kokoschka captured his models on paper with angled outlines and elongated limbs. This work on paper shows Lilith Lang (1891–1952), Kokoschka’s early love and fellow student from the School of Arts and Crafts. Lang’s family was part of Vienna’s cultural elite: Her mother Marie Lang (1858–1934) was a committed women’s right activist; her brother Erwin Lang (1886–1962) was an artist, who was also a fellow student of Kokoschka’s. From 1910 he was married to the dancer Grete Wiesenthal (1885–1970), who performed together with him and his sister.

Object data

  • Oskar Kokoschka
Standing Nude, Propped Up, after Lilith Lang
(The Juggler’s Child)
Art movement
Graphic work
Pencil on paper
44.9×31 cm
Monogrammed lower left using pencil: OK; numbered lower right: 119 473
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4664
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
  • Oskar Kokoschka. Expressionist, Migrant, Europäer, hrsg. von Cathérine Hug/Heike Eipeldauer, Heidelberg 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Kunsthaus Zürich, 14.12.2018–10.03.2019; Leopold Museum, Wien, 06.04.2019–08.07.2019).
  • Kokoschka. Das Ich im Brennpunkt, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Franz Smola, Wien 2013 (Ausst. Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 04.10.2013–27.01.2014).
  • Alfred Weidinger/Alice Strobl: Oskar Kokoschka. Die Zeichnungen und Aquarelle 1897–1916, Salzburg 2008.
  • Die nackte Wahrheit. Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka und andere Skandale, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Max Hollein, München 2005 (Ausst.-Kat. Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 28.01.2005-24.01.2005; Leopold Museum, Wien, 31.05.2005-22.08.2005).
Catalogue raisonne
  • Weidinger/Strobl 2008: 186

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Erwin Lang, Wien /Altmünster (bis 03/1956);
Galerie Würthle, Wien (ab 03/1956); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (nach 1961-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994)

  1. Sonja Niederacher, Oskar Kokoschka. Aufgestützt stehender Akt nach Lilith Lang. Gauklerkind, Dossier vom 30.01.2020; Alfred Weidinger / Alice Strobl, Oskar Kokoschka. Die Zeichnungen und Aquarelle. 1897-1916, Salzburg 2008, S. 107, Nr. 186
  2. Ernest Rathenau, Der Zeichner Kokoschka, Berlin 1961, S. 10, Abb. 6

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