Ernst Stöhr


illustration for Ver Sacrum,

1901, ink drawing


Ernst Stöhr (St. Pölten 1860-1917 Wien)

Winter-Seele (Winter Soul), a finished study for an illustration accompanying the poem "Winter-Seele" by Rainer Maria Rilke in the art periodical Ver Sacrum


Indian ink, heightened with white, on paper on cardboard; framed

16 x 15,5 cm

monogrammed lower left: "EST."

Provenance: Nachlass (estate) of the artist

Publication History: Ver Sacrum, Heft 21, 1901, at pg. 366.



Ernst Stöhr (1860-1917)
Woman Contemplating a Skull
The Daulton Collection

Our impression of this woodcut comes from the catalogue of the 1902 Klinger-Beethoven exhibition, Vienna (XIV. Ausstellung der Vereinigung Bildender Künstler Österreichs, Secession Wien). The Daulton Collection owns a copy of this important catalogue, which contains 15 additional woodcuts (by other leading Viennese modernists) and has been called "undoubtedly the most artistically perfect catalogue of the Secession" [""unzweifelhaft der künstlerisch vollendetste Katalog der Secession"].  A founder of the Vienna Secession, Ernst Stöhr wrote the preface or foreword for the catalogue.  After the 1902 exhibition, Stöhr went through a period of severe depression following the death of his uncle, his mother, and his father.  Our oil painting, "Death and the Maiden," dates from this dark period.  Stöhr committed suicide in 1917.


Jack Daulton
The Daulton Collection
Los Altos Hills, California