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Three Shepherds, Dog and Sheep. Postcard of the Wiener Werkstätte, no. 116, 1908

Leopold Museum Vienna,
© Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Color lithograph on cardboard
14.1×9 cm


  • Oskar Kokoschka

    (Pöchlarn 1886–1980 Montreux)

  • Wiener Werkstätte
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Already during his studies at the School of Arts and Crafts, Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980) was given the opportunity to work for the Wiener Werkstätte. At the behest of his professor Carl Otto Czeschka (1878–1960), Kokoschka – along with his fellow student Rudolf Kalvach (1883–1932) – participated from the summer semester of 1907 in the design of artists’ postcards Postcard of the Wiener Werkstätte, which were sold at the Wiener Werkstätte’s salesroom on Graben that had opened in the autumn of 1907. The repertoire of motifs used by Kokoschka comprises fairytale-like figures, grotesque animals and mythical creatures. His depictions are strongly influenced by folk art and are characterized by a naive-childlike style. 16 of Kokoschka’s 22 drafts went into production.

Object data

  • Oskar Kokoschka
  • Execution: Wiener Werkstätte
Three Shepherds, Dog and Sheep. Postcard of the Wiener Werkstätte, no. 116
Art movement
Wiener Werkstätte
Graphic work
Color lithograph on cardboard
14.1×9 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 5970
Inventory access
Accession 2016
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).
  • Oskar Kokoschka. Expressionist, Migrant, Europäer, hrsg. von Cathérine Hug/Heike Eipeldauer, Heidelberg 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Kunsthaus Zürich, 14.12.2018–10.03.2019; Leopold Museum, Wien, 06.04.2019–08.07.2019).
  • Kokoschka. Das Ich im Brennpunkt, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Franz Smola, Wien 2013 (Ausst. Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 04.10.2013–27.01.2014).
  • Alfred Weidinger/Alice Strobl: Oskar Kokoschka. Die Zeichnungen und Aquarelle 1897–1916, Salzburg 2008.
  • Die nackte Wahrheit. Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka und andere Skandale, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Max Hollein, München 2005 (Ausst.-Kat. Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 28.01.2005-24.01.2005; Leopold Museum, Wien, 31.05.2005-22.08.2005).
  • Hans Maria Wingler/Friedrich Welz: Oskar Kokoschka. Das druckgraphische Werk, Salzburg 1975.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Weidinger/Strobl 2008: 122
  • Wingler/Welz 1975: 12

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Privatsammlung Leopold, Wien; (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2017)

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag vom 23.01.2017

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