Museum Folkwang
Weibliches Porträt, Frau Lotte Franzos
  • Oskar Kokoschka
  • Weibliches Porträt, Frau Lotte Franzos, around 1912

  • Female Portrait (Mrs. Lotte Franzos)
  • Black chalk
  • Paper 44,8 x 31,6 cm
  • Acquired before 1921 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
  • Inv. C 255
  • CommentaryLotte Franzos (1881-1957), born in Erfurt, the wife of a Viennese lawyer, studied art history in Vienna and, together with her husband, had an open house which quickly became an important meeting place for notables of Viennese cultural life. She was among the first of Oskar Kokoschka’s patrons. He described her character with the words: “(…) she wanted to help me with everything. She was the great, gentle, good-hearted, understanding.” In 1909 Oskar Kokoschka painted a full-figure portrait of her (today in Washington D.C., The Philipps Collection) and when Kokoschka’s first exhibition in the Museum Folkwang in Hagen opened on August 2nd, 1910, he wrote to her the following day, an indication of how close their personal relationship was. This drawing from the period around 1912 shows the subject, on the other hand, reserved and in a melancholy mood; her facial expression and – especially- her eyes that create this impression. It is, however, difficult to decide whether Kokoschka captured the true mood of the subject or whether it was his mood which influenced the drawing.
  • Obj_Id: 7,641
  • Obj_Internet_S: Highlight
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Department of Prints and Drawings
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 186
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Grafische Sammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Weibliches Porträt, Frau Lotte Franzos
  • Obj_Title2_S: Female Portrait (Mrs. Lotte Franzos)
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Weibliches Porträt, Frau Lotte Franzos Female Portrait (Mrs. Lotte Franzos) Weibliches Porträt, Frau Lotte Franzos
  • Obj_Dating_S: around 1912
  • Jahr von: 1,907
  • Jahr bis: 1,917
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: C 255
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: C 0255
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Drawing
  • Obj_Crate_S: Paper 44,8 x 31,6 cm
  • Obj_Material_S:
  • Obj_Technique_S: Black chalk
  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Black chalk
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired before 1921 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
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  • Obj_Condition1_S (Druckerei):
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Fondation Oskar Kokoschka / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Commentary
Artists

Lotte Franzos (1881-1957), born in Erfurt, the wife of a Viennese lawyer, studied art history in Vienna and, together with her husband, had an open house which quickly became an important meeting place for notables of Viennese cultural life. She was among the first of Oskar Kokoschka’s patrons. He described her character with the words: “(…) she wanted to help me with everything. She was the great, gentle, good-hearted, understanding.” In 1909 Oskar Kokoschka painted a full-figure portrait of her (today in Washington D.C., The Philipps Collection) and when Kokoschka’s first exhibition in the Museum Folkwang in Hagen opened on August 2nd, 1910, he wrote to her the following day, an indication of how close their personal relationship was. This drawing from the period around 1912 shows the subject, on the other hand, reserved and in a melancholy mood; her facial expression and – especially- her eyes that create this impression. It is, however, difficult to decide whether Kokoschka captured the true mood of the subject or whether it was his mood which influenced the drawing.