Thursday, May 23, 2024

Anton Kolig, Part 1 - Drawings

When I visited Vienna last year, I came across a lone painting by expressionist Anton Kolig 
(1886-1950) in the Belvedere Palace Museum.  I was intrigued by it, but didn't find out until 
later that there was a much larger collection of his work in the Leopold Museum, about the 
only Vienna museum I didn't visit.  Although he was married with a couple of kids, it was
 no secret that he was a gay man.  His body of work has dozens of male nudes and 
only a very few females.  Although he was Austrian, he was hired to be a 
professor at the Sturttgart Academy from 1928 to 1943, and that is
 where the photo above was taken.  We see the artist, two nude 
models, and two versions of a painting of them.



  1. Wow l, this is really incredible and eye opening. From another time. Amazing self portrait. Thank you.

  2. Replies
    1. I with there were a more detailed biography of him.

  3. After Ww2 the Art Academy in Stuttgart was headed by Bauhaus artist Willy Baumeister. Stuttgart was blessed to have Kolig and Baumeister as art professors, both of different modernist firmaments and styles….:)

    1. And we mustn't forget that other stalwart Stuttgart cultural institution, Helga Hottenstotter"s Academy of Discipline.


    2. LoL :)
      Been to Vienna several times on treks to Hungary (now just to Vienna, l have no use for Orban).
      You should have gone to the Leopold museum, it is one of those not well known museums. The Belvedere palaces and gardens are among my favorite sites in Vienna….:)

    3. I know what you mean about Orban. I went to Bratislava, Slovakia rather than Budapest for a day trip out of Vienna because of him. A few weeks later, they elected an Orban wannabe government. Go figure.