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Portrait of the Physician Ludwig Adler, ca. 1914

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 101 x 72 cm
  • Inv. 1988-B

© SABAM Belgium 2023

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Ludwig Adler was a doctor and assistant at the first university hospital for women in Vienna when Oskar Kokoschka painted his portrait. As far as we know, Adler was not acquainted with the artist. The portrait was therefore probably commissioned. It is one of a well-defined group of portraits from the 1913–1914 period, in which Kokoschka worked on a fairly large scale, with a dynamic technique and the use of dark colours. The majority of Kokoschka’s paintings are portraits. He tried to express the inner world of the subject by depicting the characteristic physiognomy and body language of his model. In this he was inspired by Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis, which brought about a revolution in the way the human psyche was viewed.


Oskar Kokoschka RKD
Pöchlarn 1886 - Montreux 1980
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Title Portrait of the Physician Ludwig Adler
Date ca. 1914
Period 20th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings monogram bottom left: OK
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1988-B
Acquisition credit gift
The Friends of the Museum
Current whereabouts Work on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1988-B
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/136/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300015637 portraits AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A235 sitting figure Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31B6213 looking sideways Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
42A24 midwife, 'accoucheuse' Iconclass
49G1 physician, doctor Iconclass
61B2 historical persons Iconclass
61B2(LUDWIG ADLER) historical person (LUDWIG ADLER) Iconclass
School / Style Expressionist (style) AAT
Modernist AAT
200 jaar verzamelen : Collectieboek Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent / Arnout Balis, Robert Hoozee, Maximiliaan P.J. Martens, Paul Van Haute. - Gent : Ludion, 2000 (p. 270 (ill. 192))
D'Ensor à Magritte dans les collections du Musée de Gand (exposition Lodève, Musée de Lodève-Hôtel du Cardinal de Fleury, 19 novembre 2004 - 27 février 2005) / Maïthé Vallès-Bled, Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Helke Lauwaert, Bruno Fornari. - Lodève : Musée de Lodève, 2004 ; Milano : Mazzotta, 2004 (p. 182-184, cat. 47)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. II, p. 31 (ill.))
Het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : een keuze uit de mooiste werken / Patrick De Rynck. - Gent : Ludion, 2007 (P. 110 5ILL;°)
Antwerpen - Brugge - Gent : De musea en hun kunstschatten van Van Eyck tot Magritte ; ontdek het rijke erfgoed in drie Vlaamse steden ; de Vlaamse Kunstcollectie / Geert Souvereyns, Till-Holger Borchert, Paul Vandenbroeck. - Dijon : Éditions Faton, 2007 (p.7 ill.)
Kokoschka : Träumender Knabe - Enfant terrible (Ausstellung Wien, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, 24.01.2008 - 12.05.2008) / Agnes Husslein-Arco, Alfred Weidinger. - Wenen : Österreichische Galerie Belvedere (Wenen), 2008 ; Weitra : Verlag publication PN°1 Bibliothek der Provinz, 2008
Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele : Un Sueño Vienés (1898-1918) (Mostra Madrid, Fundación Juan March, 07.02.1995 - 21.05.1995) / Stephan Koja. - Madrid : Fundación Juan March, 1995 (p. 82-83)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : De collectie (tentoonstelling vanaf 21 maart 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2021
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand : La Collection (exposition dès le 21 mars 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gand : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, 2021
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