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Myself, Sitting in a Room, 1924

Leopold Museum,
Black chalk on paper
33.4×26.2 cm


  • Rudolf Wacker

    (Bregenz 1893–1939 Bregenz)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The forehead in wrinkles, the right corner of the mouth drooping, one eyebrow raised, the prominent nose, the disproportionate head with a scrawny neck sticking out of the wide collar, the gaze fixed on the sheet, the whole body tense—this is how Rudolf Wacker (1893–1939) presents himself in the cognitive and creative act of drawing. Myself, Sitting in a Room of 1924 is an apt self-reflection of the Bregenz, Vorarlberg-born artist. The facial expression can also be discovered in portrait photographs. Apart from the witty exaggeration, it corresponds to the character of the self-caricaturing sensitive artist, as do the much too small delicate hands. With quick charcoal strokes, he positions the depiction of himself in an interior that looks thrown out of joint: the lamp dangling from the ceiling, the table with a vase, and the darkness of the surroundings closing in on him in vigorous crisscross hatching strokes all draw a world of shifting axes that seems about to come apart.

Object data

  • Rudolf Wacker
Myself, Sitting in a Room
Art movement
Expressionism, New Objectivity
Graphic work
Black chalk on paper
33.4×26.2 cm
Signed lower left: R. W. 24
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 775
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
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).
  • Leopold Museum Wien. Österreichische Kunst des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, hrsg. von Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, München u.a. 2008.

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