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Female Nude in Dance Pose, Study for the painting Two Nudes (Lovers)

Weiblicher Akt in Tanzpose

Oskar Kokoschka (Austrian, 1886–1980)

Catalogue Raisonné

Weidinger/Strobl 461


Sheet: 45.2 × 31.5 cm (17 13/16 × 12 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Charcoal on paper

Not On View




In black chalk, l.l.: OK; verso, l.l.: purple stamp from the National Gallery, Prague (possibly an export stamp); in graphite, l.r.: 16 (circled)


From the artist to a member of his family, Prague [see note 1]. 1984, private collector, Prague; March 28, 1984, anonymous (Prague private collector) sale, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London, lot 318 [see note 2]. Between 1984 and 1987, M. Knoedler and Co., Zurich [see note 3]. July 1, 1987, anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, London, lot 452. Lafayette Park Gallery, New York [see note 4]. By 1994, private collection, Brussels [see note 5]; by descent to a private collection, Germany; November 30, 2018, anonymous (German private collector) sale (sale 299), Grisebach GmbH, Berlin, lot 572, sold to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 12, 2018)

NOTES: [1] According to the 1984 auction catalogue, the provenance of this drawing and the previous lot, also a drawing by Kokoschka, was “the family of the artist, Prague.” Kokoschka's sister, Berta Patóckova Kokoschka (b. 1889 - d. 1960) of Prague owned a number of his sketches of Alma Mahler of around 1912/1913, and it is possible that she was meant.

[2] According to Alfred Weidinger and Alice Strobl, Oskar Kokoschka: Die Zeichnungen und Aquarelle 1897-1916 (Salzburg, 2008) p. 323, cat. 461, and as confirmed by Sotheby's, the consignor of the drawing in 1984 was a Prague private collector.

[3] According to the 1987 auction catalogue.

[4] Weidinger and Strobl, 2008 (as above, n. 2).

[5] Lent to “Oskar Kokoschka: Das Frühwerk (1897/98-1917): Zeichnungen und Aquarelle (Albertina, Vienna, 1994), cat. no. 125 by a private collection, Brussels; and “Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, Kubin: Graphiken aus einer österreichischer Privatsammlung“ (Schlossmuseum Linz and Bröhan-Museum, Berlin, 2004–2005), where the collection—begun by an Austrian national and inherited by his son in Germany—was said to come from a large collection in Brussels.

Credit Line

Virginia Herrick Deknatel Purchase Fund