Franz Xaver Setzer’s photo studio was one of Vienna’s most renowned addresses around 1920 (Hofstallstraße, now Museumstraße). He took portraits of personalities from social circles, important artists such as Stefan Zweig and Arthur Schnitzler and musicians passing through in transit, including Giacomo Puccini and Maurice Ravel. Arnold Schönberg visited the studio with his pupil Alban Berg in February/March 1922. However, they were not photographed together; we know they went together from an entry in the list of photographic plates (which still survives today, along with the studio’s complete equipment and glass plate negatives). Schönberg was very satisfied with his portraits: “Dear Mr. Setzer, my most sincere thanks for the photographs. They are very fine and I will be completely satisfied if I succeed in looking as good as these pictures, which are entirely suitable as paragons.” (Arnold Schönberg to Franz Xaver Setzer, 16 March 1923)


  • Title: Arnold Schönberg
  • Creator: Franz Xaver Setzer
  • Date Created: 1922
  • Location Created: Wien, Österreich
  • Physical Dimensions: w16 x h22.4 cm
  • Provenance: Arnold Schoenberg, Los Angeles; Gertrud Schoenberg, Los Angeles; Nuria Schoenberg Nono, Venezia, Lawrence and Ronald Schoenberg, Los Angeles; Arnold Schoenberg Institute, Los Angeles; Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna
  • External Link: https://www.schoenberg.at
  • Medium: Silver gelatin print, sulfur toned

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