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“The Hiker”, c. 1914

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
75.5×62.4 cm


  • Koloman Moser

    (Vienna 1868–1918 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG4
As for his painting Venus in the Grotto, Koloman Moser (1868–1918) also created several versions for his work known as The Hiker. The artist used the theme of hiking as a pretext for filling the pictorial plane with a naked male figure with its upper and lower extremities in a profile view. The pink tree trunks with bluish margins and dapples, the ground inclined upwards and the arched sky all serve to frame the figure. But, as with his Venus depiction, the painting is not reduced to the planar design. With the painting of the figure deliberately different in structure to that of the surroundings, and the bands of color along its outlines, the figure stands out from the space around it. With this at once planar and three-dimensional composition, which can be found in this and similar paintings, Moser managed to create highly multi-layered works.

Object data

  • Koloman Moser
“The Hiker”
c. 1914
Art movement
Classical Modernism
Oil on canvas
75.5×62.4 cm
Monogrammed lower left: MK
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 584
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Koloman Moser- Die Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold/Stefan Kutzenberger, Wien 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 18.01.2018-10.06.2018).
  • Gerd Pichler: Koloman Moser. Die Gemälde. Werkverzeichnis, Wien 2012.
  • Wien 1900. Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Diethard Leopold/Peter Weinhäupl, Wien u.a. 2009.
  • Koloman Moser 1868-1818, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Gerd Pichler, Wien 2007 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 25.05.2007-10.09.2007).
Catalogue raisonne
  • Pichler 2012: 158

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Koloman Moser, Wien;
Editha Hauska, Wien (1918); (1)
Kunstverlag Wolfrum, Wien (1920); (2)
Auktion: 23. / 24.04.1928, Dorotheum Wien, 387. Kunstauktion, Los Nr. 116; (3)
Auktion: 03.-05.11.1932, Buch- und Kunstantiquariat Dr. Ignaz Schwarz, Wien, Sammlung eines Wiener Kunstfreundes (18. Versteigerung), Los Nr. 35; (4)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1980-1994); (5)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Rückseite: Nachlassstempel „Nachlass Koloman Moser“ und Nachlass-Nummer „170“.
  2. Kunstverlag Wolfrum, Katalog zu “Kolo Moser-Nachlass-Ausstellung. 23. November - 15. Dezember 1920.”, Wien 1920, Nr. 170 „Schreitender Akt“.
  3. Dorotheum Wien, Katalog zur 387. Kunstauktion, Wien 1928, S. 16
  4. Buch- und Kunstantiquariat Dr. Ignaz Schwarz, Katalog zur 18. Versteigerung, Wien 1932, S. 2
  5. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Lieferschein für Leihgaben an das Rheinische Landesmuseum, Bonn vom 08.07.1980

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