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Seated Woman in Red Dress (Helene Zarci), 1927

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
105×52.2 cm


  • Ferdinand Andri

    (Waidhofen an der Ybbs 1871–1956 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Ferdinand Andri (1871–1956), born in the small Lower-Austrian town of Waidhofen an der Ybbs, went through an apprenticeship as a wood carver before he attended the Vienna Academy for four years. He was a member, and also became president, of the Vienna Secession. He was already considered a successful landscape and portrait painter and had also won recognition as a lithographer and sculptor when he was proposed for a teaching appointment at the Vienna Academy but rejected by Archduke Franz Ferdinand (1863–1914) who did not much care for modern art. He only received the post after the end of World War I and kept working there until he was retired in 1939. In this picture, he portrays his neighbor’s daughter, a girl from modest circumstances. Despite her wearing an elegant chiffon dress with transparent sleeves, her insecure posture and timid look convey a sense of the girl’s humble descent. Andri’s paintings are decorative and colorful, as is this portrait.

Object data

  • Ferdinand Andri
Seated Woman in Red Dress (Helene Zarci)
Art movement
Oil on canvas
105×52.2 cm
Signed lower right: F. Andri
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 587
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Frauenbilder – Künstlerinnen – 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Vom Biedermeier bis zur Moderne, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold, Wien 2017 (Ausstellungsbroschüre, Leopold Museum, Wien, 07.07.2017–18.09.2017).
  • F. A. Lutz: Oeuvrekatalog des Professors Ferdinand Andri, Wien 1941.

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

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