Egon Schiele, Sitting Girl with Thighs Spread, 1918 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 3241

  • ARNULF RAINER, In the Autumn, c. 1950 © Leopold Museum, Vienna © Arnulf Rainer
  • EGON SCHIELE, The Green Hand, 1910 © Leopold Museum, Vienna
  • Egon Schiele, Reclining Boy (Erich Lederer) © Leopold Museum, Wien, Inv.Nr. 1408
  • EGON SCHIELE, Red Blouse, 1913 © Leopold Museum, Vienna
  • FRANZ SEDLACEK, Grotesque Animal, 1936 © Leopold Museum, Vienna © Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • GUSTAV KLIMT, Bust Portrait of a Young Lady with Hat and Cape in Profile from the Left, 1897/98 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1309
  • Gustav Klimt, sitzender weiblicher Halbakt in gemustertem Kleid, den Kopf auf das rechte Knie gestützt, 1910 © Leopold Museum, Wien, Inv. 1290
  • HANNES MLENEK, Installation in the Leopold Museum as part of the exhibition "Line and Shape", May 2014 © Leopold Museum, Wien / Foto: bild-it!
  • JOSEF HOFFMANN, Draft for an armchair with triangular shape, c. 1905 © Leopold Museum, Inv. 1190
  • KOLOMAN MOSER, Allegorical Female Head. Image study for the cover vignette of the 1st founders' portfolio of »Ver Sacrum«, 1898/99 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2720
  • KOLOMAN MOSER, Seated Female Nude. Study for the painting »Three Huddling Women«, c. 1914 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2686
  • OTHMAR ZECHYR, Stele 624/1982, 1982 © Leopold Museum, Vienna © Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • RUDOLF WACKER, Self-Portrait with an Image of a Nude, 1924 © Leopold Museum, Vienna
  • ANTON KOLIG, Two Male Nudes, Reclining, 1927 © Leopold Museum, Vienna © Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • ALFRED KUBIN, The Horror | c. 1902 © Leopold Museum, Wien | Leopold Museum, Vienna © Eberhard Spangenberg/Bildrecht, Wien, 2016
  • ANTON FAISTAUER, Violinist. Study for »Diana Returning from the Hunt«. Ceiling fresco for the Ledererschlössel in Weidlingau near Vienna, 1929 © Leopold Museum, Vienna
  • DAGOBERT PECHE, Fauteuil with richly decorated cover, 1922 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1640
  • ERNST BARLACH, Two Old Men on Crutches, c. 1918 © Leopold Museum, Vienna
  • GEORG MINNE, Spinning Dancer, 1908 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1970
  • OSKAR KOKOSCHKA, Lovers. Bust Portrait of a Caress. Alma Mahler and Oskar Kokoschka, 1913 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4667
  • OTTO DIX, Rosa, 1923 © Leopold Museum, Vienna © Bildrecht, Wien 2014


100 Master Drawings from the Leopold Collection

23rd of May to 20th of October 2014

The collection of the Leopold Museum Private Foundation comprises approximately 5.400 works. 3.400 of these are works on paper, predominantly watercolors and drawings. Already in 2010 the Leopold Museum showed a representative selection of the Leopold Collection’s best watercolors in the presentation »Hidden Treasures«. The present exhibition »Line and Shape« unites 100 eminent examples of masterful draftsmanship of the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibition affords interesting insights into the abundant compilation of drawings acquired by Rudolf Leopold during his 40 years of collecting art and features works by some of the best draftsmen of the 20th century, including Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Alfred Kubin. The number and extraordinary quality of these works from the Leopold Collection is unrivalled by most other museums.

Further highlights include design drawings by members of the Wiener Werkstätte as well as works by artists whose abilities as draftsmen are often overshadowed by their painterly oeuvre, such as Albin Egger-Lienz, Hans Böhler and Anton Kolig. More than any other medium, drawings manage to convey the immediate connection between inspiration and artistic execution. Whether as sketchy nature studies or elaborate drawings with meticulous attention to detail, this genre’s rank as an autonomous artistic medium has always been undisputed.

Franz Smola, Fritz Koreny


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