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Lady with Hat, n. d.

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on paper
33×23.5 cm


  • Artur Nikodem

    (Trieste 1870–1940 Innsbruck)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
With sure pencil strokes, the Tyrolean painter and photographer Artur Nikodem (1870–1940) captures in drawing a woman’s face with her hat pulled down deep over her brow. Her earnest, introverted gaze is slightly turned away from us and seems to be looking into the distance. Nikodem shows the head marginally cropped, his pencilwork densifying into vigorous parallel hatching in the shadowed parts. The swift and nimble linework that suggests the frilled collar has a calligraphic quality. With vigorous looping and curving lines, he contours the brim of her hat. The picture aspect appears photographic. The drawing looks like it was done quickly and with skill, like a casual sketch. It shows this internationally noted exponent of interwar Modernism in the Tyrol as a keen observer restlessly searching for new expressions and maximum truthfulness in his artistic work.

Object data

  • Artur Nikodem
Lady with Hat
n. d.
Art movement
Secession, Expressionism
Graphic work
Pencil on paper
33×23.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 599
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994

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

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