Messias by Ernest Neuschul

Half-length self-portrait by the Austrian artist Ernst (later anglicised to Ernest) Neuschul, immediately arresting because of the unnerving, glittering stare aimed directly at the viewer.

Details

Medium:
Oil on cardboard
Dimensions:
94 x 53 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,272 ( Total: £6,529)
Acquired in:
2007
Vendor:
Christie's

It has an almost manic visionary quality and dates from the period between 1919 and 1926 when he painted self-portraits, sometimes in sparse interiors or placed in lyrical dreamlike landscapes, all in various states of self-absorption. The artist was influenced by the prevailing post-war New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) movement.

Provenance

Documented in the artist's photograph albums; Believed to have been purchased by a Czech-Jewish art dealer, c.1935, from an exhibition of Czech art in Brno; Nenad Djapic, 2006; Christie's, 2006.

Venue details

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery 53 New Walk, LEICESTER Leicestershire LE1 7EA 0116 225 4900 www.visitleicester.info/museums

Entry details

Free to all
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