Edmund Kalb - One of the Most Fascinating Artists of the 20th Century

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With its exhibition dedicated to Edmund Kalb (1900–1952), the Leopold Museum is presenting an artist whose oeuvre, dominated by more than 1,000 self-portraits, is still largely unknown.

Edmund Kalb, Selbstbildnis, 1929 / Picture: © Privatbesitz Foto: Archiv Sagmeister, © Rudolf Sagmeister/Kunsthaus Bregenz

Edmund Kalb (1900-1952) is one of the most fascinating artists of the 20th century.

His intensive oeuvre of over a thousand self-portraits remained largely unknown to the general public.

From 1926 to 1930 he developed his drawing skills to the point of complete abstraction, oscillating between freedom at the Munich Art Academy, the mental confinement of his…