Sep 24, 2015 - Sale 2392

Sale 2392 - Lot 426

Price Realized: $ 6,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
Stehender Akt einer alten Frau.

Pencil on thin, tan wove paper, 1907. 429x296 mm; 16 7/8x11 5/8 inches. Initialed in pencil, lower left recto.

Ex-collection Stewart Leonard, St. Louis; thence by descent.

Published in Alfred Weidinger and Alice Strobl, Oskar Kokoschka: die Zeichnungen und Aquarelle 1897-1916, Salzburg: Galerie Welz, 2008, number 131.

Kokoschka (1886-1980) would have drawn this nude as a student at the Kunstgewerbeschule, where he studied under Koloman Moser and other Wiener Werkstätte artists until 1909. The current lot is included in a group of nudes that Weidinger realtes stylistically to the line drawings of Moser, Gustav Klimt (see lot 424) and Auguste Rodin. At this time during the early 1900s, Austrian artists began to reject the ornamental and decorative style of fin de siècle Vienna in favor of a more realistic, direct and simple aesthetic.