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Countess Maria Magda Kuefstein at the Easel, 1885/86

Leopold Museum,
Oil on wood
35.9×26.7 cm


  • Anton Romako

    (Vienna 1832–1889 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment

Anton Romako (1832–1889) became acquainted with the Kuefstein family of aristocrats likely already during his time in Rome. The head of the family, Count Karl von Kuefstein (1838–1925), was a diplomat in Switzerland and Paris as well as philanthropist and promoter of the arts. The portrait of his wife, Countess Maria Magda Kuefstein, was created in 1885/86 at Greillenstein Palace, which had been owned by the family since the 16th century. Romako captured the countess engrossed in her painting activities. The composition is strongly reminiscent of the type of genre painting prevalent in the Netherlands since the 16th century. The swift brushstrokes and the light, almost pastel-like colors invest the work with an incompleteness that make it appear like a study.

AS, 2022

Additional Text according to Settlement, June 2011:
« Ing. Mořic Eisler (1889–1971) was a building contractor, designer and art collector in Brno/Brünn. During the National Socialist occupation of Czechoslovakia, Eisler’s art collection was confiscated by the Gestapo. Countess Maria Magda Kuefstein at the Easel subsequently entered the Viennese art trade. Rudolf Leopold acquired the work from the art dealer Wolfgang Gurlitt in the early 1950s and brought it into the Leopold Museum Private Foundation in 1994.
Since the work is undoubtedly the property of the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, but it was seized from Mořic Eisler and not restituted, it was an important concern of the Leopold Museum to find a joint solution in the sense of a fair and just procedure with the legal successors to Mořic Eisler. »

Object data

  • Anton Romako
Countess Maria Magda Kuefstein at the Easel
Alternative title
At the Easel (The Painter)
Art movement
Naturalism I Realism
Oil on wood
35.9×26.7 cm
Signed lower left: A. Romako
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 737
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Anton Romako. Beginn der Moderne, hrsg. von Marianne Hussl-Hörmann/Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Köln 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 06.04.2018–18.06.2018).
  • Anton Romako. Beginn der Moderne, hrsg. von Marianne Hussl-Hörmann/Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Köln 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 06.04.2018–18.06.2018).
  • Fritz Novotny: Der Maler Anton Romako 1832–1889, Wien/München 1954.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Reiter 2010: 548
  • Novotny 1954: 343

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Provenance research
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Gräfin Maria Magda Kuefstein, Greillenstein (um 1886);
Dr. Graf Ferdinand Kuefstein, Greillenstein (o.D.); (1)
Ing. Moriz Eisler , Brünn (vor 1939);

vor 1941 Beschlagnahme durch die Geheime Staatspolizei;
Verkauf an die Neue Galerie, Wien durch den Gestapo-Beamten Leopold Gahleitner; (2)

Wolfgang Gurlitt, Linz / Bad Ausssee (vor 1954); (3)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold (1954-1994); (4)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

Restitutionsvergleich mit den ErbInnen nach Ing. Moriz Eisler im Juni 2011

  1. Fritz Novotny, Der Maler Anton Romako. 1832 – 1889, Wien u. München 1954, S. 99, Nr. 343
  2. Michael Wladika, Dossier Ing. Moriz Eisler vom 21.12.2009.
  3. Novotny, Romako, S. 99, Nr. 343
  4. Mündliche Auskunft von Dr. Elisabeth Leopold vom 29.10.2009, zitiert nach Wladika, Dossier, S. 12

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