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Seated Woman with Flowers, 1927

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
72.8×93 cm


  • Hans Böhler

    (Vienna 1884‒1961 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Like in a still life, Hans Böhler (1884–1961) lines up a woman, a bulging large vase with lush flowers, and a tiny egg cup in his 1927 work Seated Woman with Flowers. They are arranged on and at a table against a deep green background which allows for associations with summer landscapes. The hazily shimmering composition is constructed of highly contrastive color areas made up of lines with a crosswise blur. The woman sitting at the table with her doll-like skin and beady black does not communicate with the viewers. Rather, she is the embodiment of introversion, resting her crossed arms somewhat defensively on the tabletop. Utterly self-absorbed, she pays no attention to her wide neckline seam of her dress that has slipped down her shoulder. The geometric clarity and reduced depiction of a head is also seen in sculptures and sculptural works of that time, like for example in the Head of a Woman by Franz Hagenauer (1906–1986).

Object data

  • Hans Böhler
Seated Woman with Flowers
Art movement
Oil on canvas
72.8×93 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 612
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Zwischen den Kriegen. Österreichische Künstler 1918–1938, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold, Wien 2007 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 21.09.2007-28.01.2008).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1981-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

  1. Otto Breicha, Hans Böhler. Gemälde und Graphik, Salzburg 1981, S. 119, Nr. 74 (Tafel 74)

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