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Judith and Holofernes, 1916

Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
Oil on cardboard, verso: Oil on cardboard
49.5×37.9 cm


  • Koloman Moser

    (Vienna 1868–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The year 1913 marked a stylistic turning point in Koloman Moser’s (1868–1918) painting. This was brought about by a trip to Geneva to visit Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918). Hodler’s works would subsequently influence Moser’s manner of painting, investing his renderings with increased severity and monumentality. At the same time, the contrasting use of cooler colors is testament to Moser’s exploration of avant-garde color and perception theories, while his experience in stage design is also reflected in his works. In some of his paintings, the figures appear as if they were standing on a theater stage. Moser painted numerous allegorical and mythological works, including Judith and Holofernes and The Love Potion (Tristan and Isolde).

Object data

  • Koloman Moser
Judith and Holofernes
Alternative title
Verso: Floral Decor
Art movement
Classical Modernism
Oil on cardboard, verso: Oil on cardboard
49.5×37.9 cm
Monogrammed and dated upper left: 1 MK 6; numbered on the right on the cardboard: 232 (estate number)
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 578
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Gerd Pichler: Koloman Moser. Die Gemälde. Werkverzeichnis, Wien 2012.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Pichler 2012: 191

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Koloman Moser, Wien;
Editha Hauska, Wien (1918); (1)
Kunstverlag Wolfrum, Wien (1920); (2)
Auktion: 18.06.1969, Dorotheum Wien, 584. Kunstauktion, Los Nr. 310; (3)
Privatbesitz, New York, USA; (4)
Auktion: 29.11.1972, Dorotheum Wien, 598. Kunstauktion, Los Nr. 317, Tafel 143; (5)
Privatbesitz, Wien (1976); (6)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1980-1994); (7)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Rückseite: Nachlassstempel „Koloman Moser“ und Nachlass-Nummer „232“.
  2. Kunstverlag Wolfrum, Katalog zu “Kolo Moser-Nachlass-Ausstellung. 23. November - 15. Dezember 1920.”, Wien 1920, Nr. 232 „Judith“.
  3. Dorotheum Wien, Katalog zur 584. Kunstauktion, Juni 1969; Gerd Pichler, Eberhard Kohlbacher (Hg.), Koloman Moser. Die Gemälde, Wien 2012, S. 21f. und S. 174, WV 191.
  4. Archiv des Leopold Museums, E-Mail-Auskunft des Dorotheums Wien vom 07.03.2018.
  5. Dorotheum Wien, Katalog zur 598. Kunstauktion, November/Dezember 1972; Pichler, Moser, S. 21f. und S. 174, WV 191.
  6. Werner Fenz, Kolo Moser. Internationaler Jugendstil und Wiener Secession, Salzburg 1976, S. 183, Nr. 90.
  7. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Lieferschein für Leihgaben an das Rheinische Landesmuseum, Bonn vom 08.07.1980

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