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Revelations: 5 Oct. – 1 Nov. 2023

Revelations: Ida Künl

The Life and Work of Ida Künl (1853−1926)

The painter Ida Künl is remembered as the first teacher of Ivana Kobilca, but our knowledge of her life and work is rather modest. She was born in October 1853 in Ljubljana to Pavel Künl, a painter of Czech origin, who introduced her to the arts. She later studied with Henrika Langus, and then travelled to Munich and several times to Vienna to further her education. She eventually settled in Vienna permanently after she married the academic sculptor Johann Unterkalmsteiner.

Ida Künl was mainly a portrait painter, but she also depicted sacral scenes, still lifes and historical subjects. She was a prolific painter, but only a few of her works are known today. She stopped painting after her marriage in 1882 and took care of her family. After 1897, when she became a widow, she supported herself by selling painting supplies, own mass-sale paintings and by portraiture. Following her husband's example, she used the shorter version of the last name Kalmsteiner while working. She died in Vienna in March 1926.

5 October – 1 November 2023
National Gallery of Slovenia
Prešernova 24
1000 Ljubljana