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Boy Smoking a Pipe, 1824

Leopold Museum,
Oil on paper
20.9×16.6 cm


  • Friedrich Gauermann

    (Scheuchenstein near Miesenbach 1807–1862 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Friedrich Gauermann’s (1807–1862) Boy Smoking a Pipe shows a figure in profile in a full-length portrait, seated on a simple wooden chair. The face is lit by an unidentified, strong source of light, which also makes the folds of the white shirtsleeves stand out sharply. The surroundings are blurred. The study also represents an attempt to capture the soul of the depicted and his rural world without any idealization. The inventory of Gauernmann’s estate lists numerous figure studies. This oil study was used by Gauermann as a template for a seated figure in his 1924 painting Lunch Hour Prayer, which depicts a family assembled around a table in a farmhouse parlor.

Object data

  • Friedrich Gauermann
Boy Smoking a Pipe
Art movement
Oil on paper
20.9×16.6 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 765
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Meisterwerke Leopold Museum, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Köln 2018.
  • Leopold. Meisterwerke aus dem Leopold Museum Wien, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold und Romana Schuler, Köln u.a. 2001.
  • Rupert Feuchtmüller: Friedrich Gauermann, Rosenheim 1987.

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Dr. Georg Miller-Aichholz, Wien (vor 1964); (1)
Auktion: 17.03.1964, Dorotheum Wien, 563. Kunstauktion, Los Nr. 36; (2)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1964-1994); (3)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

  1. Auskunft des Dorotheums Wien vom 14.12.2022
  2. Dorotheum Wien, Katalog zur 563. Kunstauktion, S. 7, Abb. Tafel 63
  3. Datenbank des Leopold Museums, Mündliche Auskunft von Dr. Rudolf Leopold an Dr. Patricia Spiegelfeld vom 06.11.2003

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