Sleeping russian officer 1916

Three-quarter portrait of a bearded sleeping Russian officer with officer's cap, his head resting on his knapsack.

JQAW# Z_1915_010
Charcoal on paper 19 x 30 cm.
Signature: John Quincy Ɑdams - inscribed: Russian officer Sadagora II V
WienMuseum (not inventoried in collection).

The charcoal drawing of a (probably captured) Russian officer, which Adams made on the Galicia front in Sadagora, today's Sadhora (Ukraine), probably in 1916, captures a spontaneous moment of peace in the midst of war. The drawing is one of only two that have survived by Adams on his extensive output as a painter of the war press corps (some 60 works).

The drawing is in the custody of the Wien Museum, but not formally inventoried as it entered the museum's holdings in 1938-1945 (by an unknown source) and is therefore subject to restitution if claimed.








1938-1945 to Wien Museum (not inventoried due to unclear provenance).