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Nude Woman Standing with Her Arms Raised, 1909

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Oil on cardboard
81.7×60 cm


  • Georges Rouault

    (Paris 1871–1958 Paris)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
With expressive verve, the French painter Georges Rouault (1871–1958) presents a woman’s posturing ample body as a frontal nude. The full-frame female figure’s face looks resentful; the bulging body shapes give her an intense appearance. The dark background and the tightly circumscribed picture space make her stand out even more. Rouault’s style of representation meant a complete break with the beauty ideals of 19th-century female nude painting. Coming from the circle of the French Fauvists, the artists ridded himself of the constraints of any and all formal categories. In choosing his subjects, he focused on socially marginalized figures like prostitutes, artistes, and clowns. At the same time, it becomes clear that Rouault rebelled against aestheticized beauty per se, as was characteristic of French Expressionist painting at large.

Object data

  • Georges Rouault
Nude Woman Standing with Her Arms Raised
Art movement
Oil on cardboard
81.7×60 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 629
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994

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Provenance research
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Dikran G. Kelekian, New York (o.D.);
Auktion: 18.01.1935, Rains Galleries, New York, Los Nr. 68
Walter P. Chrysler jr., New York (1935-1950);
Auktion: 16.02.1950, Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, Los Nr. 58;
Lawrence J. Heller, Baltimore (ab 1950);
Feigl Gallery, New York (o.D.);
Bertram N. Linder, Dayton, Pennsylvania (vor 1977);
Auktion: 07.12.1977, Sotheby‘s London, Important Impressionist and Modern Paintings and Sculpture, Los Nr. 80; (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1977-1994);
Leopold Museum – Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

  1. Sotheby´s London, Katalog zur Auktion vom 07.12.1977

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