Rudolf Koppitz Nudes And Other Studies Photographs That Capture The Fluidity Of Nature

Koppitz drew inspriratiosn from nature in his nudes an other work

Bewegungsstudie (Movement Study) by Rudolf Koppitz - 1925

Bewegungsstudie (Movement Study) by Rudolf Koppitz – 1925. Buy the print.

Austrian photographer Rudolf Koppitz (4 January 1884 – 8 July 1936) was a Photo-Secessionist in Vienna, Austria, best known for his 1925 work Bewegungsstudie (“Motion Study”) and his use of the nude in natural settings.

Working with Claudia Issachenko’s dance group – the troupe epitomised the Plastic Dance fashion that drew inspiration from reflections of nature’s fluidity and freedom of movement – the nude dancer strikes a pose in front of a triangular formation of three dark-robed dancers.



Koppitz trained in photography in 1897 at Robert Rotter’s studio in Freudenthal, moved to Vienna in 1911 and after studying at the Institute of Applied Graphic Arts in Vienna, he began to specialise in artistic photographic portraiture an pictorialism.

Mobilised at the start of World War 1, Koppitz was appointed “assistant master for field photography”, taking pictures on the Galicia front. When the war ended, Koppitz returned to the Institute of Applied Arts, where he was “assistant master for retouching”, and a teacher in 1920. He married Anna Arbeitlang in 1923 and the couple began to collaborate on nude photography.


Mädchen mit Springschnur (Girl with a jump rope) by Rudolf Koppitz – c. 1930. Buy the print.


Rudolf Koppitz Ruderboot c1930

Rudolf Koppitz, Ruderboot – c. 1930. Buy the print.

Nude at the seaside (Anna Koppitz) by Rudolf Koppitz, 1923

Nude at the seaside (Anna Koppitz) by Rudolf Koppitz, 1923. Buy the print.

Heavy Burden c. 1930 Rudolf Koppitz. Buy the print.

Hedy Pfundmayr in the mask of Elektra from the Richard Strauss opera, by Rudolf Koppitz triptych, 1928. Buy the print.

Rudolf Koppitz - Legs on a Lake

Rudolf Koppitz – Legs on a Lake. Buy this print.

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