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Lunch (“The Soup”, version II), 1910

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
91×141 cm


  • Albin Egger-Lienz

    (Stribach near Lienz 1868–1926 Zwölfmagreien/Bolzano)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In his oil painting Lunch or The Soup, Albin Egger-Lienz (1868–1926) sought to elevate the reality of the lives of the peasant population in Tyrol to a monumental and universal level: Three men and two women, dressed in plain, rural attire, are sitting around a heavy table, leaning forward in a calm, thoughtful, composed and introspective manner, eating their invigorating meal in quiet concentration. With his planar, formalistic and three-dimensional style and reticent colors, Egger-Lienz formulated the figures more as types than as individuals. They are bearers of something universal and timeless, and appear removed from concrete reality. The shown segment of space is illuminated like a stage. Breaking up the contained interior with its slow-motion tranquility, Egger-Lienz afforded a view of a small section of grass and the lower part of a log cabin through the window. The simplicity of the scene is composed of contrasts between light and dark and cohesive forms. As with other pictorial themes, Egger-Lienz thoroughly explored this subject in his oeuvre, as 25 extant variations testify.

Object data

  • Albin Egger-Lienz
Lunch (“The Soup”, version II)
Art movement
Expressionism, Naturalism I Realism
Oil on canvas
91×141 cm
Signed upper left: A EGGER-LIENZ
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 715
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Trotzdem Kunst! Österreich 1914-1918, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold/Ivan Ristić u.a., Wien 2014 (Ausst-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 09.05.2014-15.09.2014).
  • Albin Egger-Lienz: 1868-1926, hrsg. von Gert Ammann/Michael Fuhr, Wien 2008 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 15.02.2008–29.05.2008).
  • Wilfried Kirschl: Albin Egger-Lienz: 1868-1926; das Gesamtwerk; [Monographie in zwei Bänden], Wien 1996.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Kirschl 1996: M 274

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Franz Hauer, Wien (1910-1914); (1)
Leopold Hauer, Wien und Dross, NÖ (1914-1968);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1968-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Katalog der Sammlung Franz Hauer (Rekonstruktion), in: Amt der NÖ Landesregierung Abt. III/2, Kulturabteilung (Hrsg.), Künstler (Sammler) Mäzene. Porträt der Familie Hauer, Krems 1996, S. 228; Wilfried Kirschl, Albin Egger-Lienz. Das Gesamtwerk, Wien 1996, S. 534, M 274.
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schreiben von Leopold Hauer an Rudolf Leopold vom 24.06.1968 und Erklärung von Leopold Hauer vom Dezember 1968.

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