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The painter Sergius Pauser (Vienna 1896 - 1970 Klosterneuburg) is best known for his still lifes in the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Realism) style, his portraits and landscapes. Artistically active since the 1920s, Pauser received the prestigious "Georg Schicht Prize" for a portrait of a woman as early as 1928. This first public award helped him to obtain many commissions in the following years, which consolidated his reputation as an outstanding landscape and portrait painter.
This painting of a girl by Sergius Pauser is a very close portrait of a young woman. Ingrid, as the girl is called, sits - her right arm resting on cushions - leaning back on a bench and looking directly at the viewer. Her arms crossed, she is attentively turned towards her imaginary counterpart, almost as if she were waiting for an answer in conversation.
The diffuse background in pastel shades does not allow for a precise locating, but rather underlines the fragmentary nature of the snapshot. Only the contours of the backrest structure the composition and frame the actual picture motif. Pauser thus focuses the gaze on the beautiful face of the young woman, who meets us in a relaxed and at the same time confidently awake gaze. With this portrait, Pauser does not only create her effigy. Rather, he captures her true nature on canvas, thus creating a wonderfully lively character study.
The colour palette and stylistic features of this portrait are typical of the great artists of the time, such as Josef Dobrowsky, Josef Floch and Anton Kolig.