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Portrait of Arnold Schönberg

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Portrait of Arnold Schönberg

Felix Albrecht Harta

Medium & Support
graphite on beige wove paper

6 1/2 in. x 3 7/8 in. ( 16.51 cm x 9.84 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection

Label copy
Felix Albrecht Harta
Hungary, 1884–1967
Portrait of Arnold Schönberg
Graphite on paper
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection, 2007/2.112
Ernst Kirchner
Germany, 1880–1938
Two Standing Nudes (Zwei Stehende Akte)
Ink with ink wash on paper
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection, 2007/2.93
In contrast to Boeckl’s more academic approach to the figure, other Expressionist figure studies demonstrate an extreme economy of line in the portrayal of the human form. Felix Harta, a Hungarian who lived in Austria, presents us with a detailed portrait of Arnold Schönberg—the Viennese composer, painter, and great friend to Expressionists—in as few lines as possible.
In 1909, Kirchner intentionally set out to economize the human figure. He produced hundreds of studies of the nude female, of which Two Standing Nudes is one. The drawing shows how Kirchner mastered the human form through its mere contours. Kirchner later journaled that these nude studies “gave me the power to speak of [woman’s] beauty in the purest image of womanhood....”

Subject matter
Facial portrait of Arnold Schönberg.

Physical Description
Minimal line drawing presents a 3/4 profile of man, with right ear, a tuft of hair, mouth, nose, full right eye, partial left eye, eyebrows, eye lashes, and minimal chin.

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Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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