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Indian Fairytale, 1910–1912

Leopold Museum,
Oil on wood
60×60 cm


  • Rudolf Kalvach

    (Vienna 1883–1932 Kosmonosy)

Currently on display at OG3
Rudolf Kalvach’s (1883–1932) works are clearly influenced by his studies at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, and were often created in connection with his professors’ commissions or the motifs and themes set by them. Kalvach chose a deliberately simplified, childlike manner of depiction to create his fantastical, almost naive-looking garden scenes, as illustrated by the 1910–1912 work Indian Fairytale. The bizarre figures and symbols populating this composition can also be found in Kalvach’s Postcard Designs for the Wiener Werkstätte and are strongly reminiscent of the book of fairytales The Dreaming Boys created for the Wiener Werkstätte by Kalvach’s fellow student Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980).

Object data

  • Rudolf Kalvach
Indian Fairytale
Art movement
Expressionism, Art Nouveau
Oil on wood
60×60 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6066
Inventory access
Accession 2017
Selection of Reference works
  • Fantastisch! Rudolf Kalvach. Wien und Triest um 1900, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Roberto Festi, Cinisello Balsamo 2012 (Ausst. Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 07.06.2012–10.09.2012).
Catalogue raisonne
  • Natter/Festi 2012: 2.9

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Julius Hummel, Wien (o.D.);
Auktion: 23.09.1993, Sotheby’s, London, Vienna 1900, Lot 167;
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1993-2010); (1)
Rudolf Leopold jr., Wien (2010-2017);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (2017). (2)

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, E-Mail von Sotheby´s Kunstauktionen GmbH, Wien vom 25.01.2017
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag und Rechnung vom 03.04.2017

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