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Michiko Meinl (née Tanaka) with Flowering Branch, 1929

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
114×82 cm


  • Jehudo Epstein

    (Slonzk 1870–1945 Johannesburg)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The Jewish painter Jehudo Epstein (1870–1945) was born in Belarus. He moved to Vienna in 1888 to study at the Academy of Fine Arts. He had spent the best part of his life in Vienna, before he was forced to emigrate to South Africa in 1935. He painted numerous portraits of personalities from society, among them Michiko Meinl (née Tanaka). Born in Japan, she had come to Vienna to study music and singing. She married the entrepreneur Julius Meinl, who fostered her artistic career. Epstein depicted the young woman wearing a Kimono and holding a flowering branch. Her relaxed posture, her fashionable pageboy hairstyle and her radiant smile suggest frankness and confidence. The artist combined a realistic manner of depiction with abstracting dots of color. Both in terms of the motif and style of painting, Epstein created a portrait situated, just like the young lady herself, on the threshold between tradition and modernism.

Object data

  • Jehudo Epstein
Michiko Meinl (née Tanaka) with Flowering Branch
Art movement
New Objectivity
Oil on canvas
114×82 cm
Signed and dated lower left: Jehudo Epstein 1929
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 530
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Körper, Gesicht, Seele. Frauenbilder vom 16. bis ins 21. Jahrhundert, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold, Wien 2006 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 09.06.2006-02.10.2006).

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