Broncia Koller-Pinell

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Broncia Koller-Pinell
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Broncia Koller-Pinell (c.1900)
Bronislawa Pineles

(1863-02-25)25 February 1863
Sanok, Poland
Died26 April 1934(1934-04-26) (aged 71)
Oberwaltersdorf, Austria
Known forPainting
Hugo Koller (m. 1896)

Broncia Koller-Pinell (25 February 1863, Sanok - 26 April 1934, Oberwaltersdorf) was an Austrian Expressionist painter who specialized in portraits and still-lifes.


She was born as Bronislawa Pineles to a Jewish family in what is now Poland. Her father Saul Pineles (1834, Tysmenytsia – 1903, Vienna) was a designer of military fortifications.[1] In 1870, they moved to Vienna to start a manufacturing business (where they changed the family name to "Pinell") and she took private art lessons with Alois Delug.[2] In 1885, she had her first public exhibition. For the next five years, she studied in Munich at the "Damenakademie" of the Munich Artists' Association in the studios of Ludwig von Herterich.[1] This was followed by exhibitions at the Vienna Künstlerhaus, in Munich and in Leipzig.[2] Koller-Pinell exhibited her work at The Woman's Building at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.[3]

In 1896, against her family's wishes, she married the electro-physicist Dr.Hugo Koller [de] (1867-1949), who was a Catholic. Their children were raised as Christians, but she never converted.[1] At first, they lived in Salzburg and Nuremberg, but returned to Vienna in 1902. Shortly after, she was accepted as a member of the Vienna Secession.[2] In 1904, she inherited a house in Oberwaltersdorf. The family soon moved there, and she had it decorated by Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser, associates from the Secession. Shortly after, she set up a salon[4] that was frequented by Egon Schiele, Anton Faistauer and Albert Paris Gütersloh, among others.

Her son, Rupert (1896–1976), became a conductor and was briefly married to Anna Mahler. Her daughter Silvia (1898–1963) was also a painter.

Selected paintings[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Jewish Women's Archive: Biography by Birgit Ben Eli
  2. ^ a b c Wacha: "Koller Bronislawa (Bronia)". In: Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815–1950 (ÖBL). Vol. 4, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 1969, p. 87 f. (Direct links to "p. 87", "p. 88")
  3. ^ Nichols, K. L. "Women's Art at the World's Columbian Fair & Exposition, Chicago 1893". Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  4. ^ Niederösterreichisches Landesmuseum: Brief biography

Further reading[edit]

  • Die Malerin Broncia Koller 1863–1934. Exhibition catalog, Niederösterreichisches Landesmuseum, Vienna (1980)
  • Tobias G. Natter: Broncia Koller Pinell. Eine Malerin im Glanz der Wiener Jahrhundertwende. Exhibition catalog. Jüdisches Museum, Vienna (1993)
  • Boris Manner: Broncia Koller-Pinell 1863–1934. Brandstätter, Vienna (2006) ISBN 3-902510-88-9

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