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Girl in Front of the Mirror, 1931

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Estate Sergius Pauser
Oil on canvas
92.7×73.3 cm


  • Sergius Pauser

    (Vienna 1896–1970 Klosterneuburg)

Currently on display at EG
Sergius Pauser (1896–1970) is a major representative of New Objectivity and Magic Realism in Vienna. Born in Munich, the painter became a member of the Vienna Secession in 1927. Pauser is most convincing in the portrait and still life genres with a spare, almost austere pictorial language. The inner world, human sensibilities, interested him more than the sober description of the factual, however; an example of this is Girl in Front of the Mirror. The Austrian author Thomas Bernhard (1931–1989) described his friend as a “discoverer of the most hidden sensitivities of the poetical.” The picture emanates the impression of great calm and equilibrium, supported in this by the interior. Although the girl combs her hair, the movement appears completed: the pose freezes, as if motionless.

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Object data

  • Sergius Pauser
Girl in Front of the Mirror
Art movement
Naturalism I Realism, Secession
Oil on canvas
92.7×73.3 cm
Signed and dated lower left (partly painted over): Sergius Pauser 31
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6572
Inventory access
Accession 2021
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Dr. Josef Traubner, Zürich (o.D.); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.-2010);
Rudolf Leopold jun., Wien (2010-2020);
Leopold Fine Arts GmbH, Wien (2021); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2021).

  1. Rupert Feuchtmüller, Sergius Pauser, Eine Monographie mit Beiträgen von Albert Paris Gütersloh und Walter Koschatzky, Wien 1977, S. 179, Nr. 164 (Abb. S. 73)
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvereinbarung 2021/03 vom 07.05.2021

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