Alexander Rothaug

Odysseus Longing for Home

circa 1910,

oil on carton


Alexander Rothaug (Vienna 1870-1946 Vienna)

Odysseus Longing for Home (Odysseus sehnsucht nach der Heimat)

circa 1910

oil on cardboard

17,4 x 27,1 cm.

signed lower right: Alexander Rothaug

verso also signed and inscribed by the artist: "Odysseus sehnsucht nach der Heimat. Ölgemälde von Alexander Rothaug"



Exhibition History:


“Ulisse l’arte e il mito” [“Ulysses, the Art and the Myth”], Musei San Domenico [San Domenico Museum], Forlì, Italy, February 14 to October 31, 2020.


Publication History:


Gianfranco Brunelli, et al., Ulisse l’arte e il mito [Ulysses, the Art and the Myth] (Milan: Silvana Editoriale, 2020), pgs. 328 (ill.) and 426.

An oil-sketch study for this painting is owned by a South German private collection.  See Horst G. Ludwig, Alexander und Leopold Rothaug, Zwei Wiener Maler um 1900 (Munich: Hirmer, 2009), ill. 16, pgs. 64, 67.  That collection also contains two related chalk drawings that are studies for the seated figure of Odysseus.  Ludwig, ill. 53, pgs. 138-139, and ill. 68, pgs. 162-163.  A large version of Alexander Rothaug's Odysseus sehnsucht nach der Heimat, oil on canvas, 112 x 165 cm, focusing on the seated figure of Odysseus, is in the collection of the Belvedere museum, Vienna, inventory no. 4802.  See



Alexander Rothaug (Vienna, 1870-1946) was an Austrian painter and illustrator in the Symbolist idiom, who trained at the Vienna Academy of Art from 1885 to 1892.  From 1892, he lived and worked for a time in Munich as an illustrator for the humor magazine, the Fliegende Blätter.  He is regarded as one of the most accomplished Austrian illustrators of his time; and his work can be compared favorably with that of his American contemporary, Maxfield Parrish.  

Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890)

Greek-language passage from Homer's Odyssey, with Odysseus longing for home (Odyssey 9, 34-38): "naught is sweeter than a man's own land"

autograph album page

ink on paper mounted on card

Ilion (Troy), May 25, 1890 (seven months before the famous archaeologist Schliemann's death)

The Daulton Collection



Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection