Egon Schiele

Austrian painter, 1890-1918

Egon Schiele was an Austrian painter. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. His work is noted for its intensity and its raw sexuality, and the many self-portraits the artist produced, including naked self-portraits. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that characterize Schiele's paintings and drawings mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism. The Leopold Museum, Vienna houses perhaps Schiele's most important and complete collection of work, featuring over 200 exhibits. The museum sold one of these, Houses With Colorful Laundry (Suburb II), for $40.1 million at Sotheby's in 2011.

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Schiele, Egon

Austrian artist (1890-1918). Autograph letter signed. Vienna. 2 pages, 4to. In violet ink, filing holes, verso of second page annotated in pencil "Egon Schieles Briefe an Papa" and with a draft of a letter in a later, unidentified hand. Printed letterhead.
$ 39,799 / 35.000 € (61548)

Schiele writes to his friend the painter Anton Kolig in Carinthia less than a mongh before his death. One of Schiele’s last letters, not published in Nebehay, who does however refer to Kolig’s reply, written on 8 October (see Nebehay, no. 1742). Schiele here expresses his appreciation of the drawing which Kolig had sent him, which he wants to reproduce and sell himself if need be. He hopes that Kolig has received his telegram regarding the exhibition of his nude at Lanyi's in Klagenfurt, and states that he is also sending a copy of his reply to Dr Schneider, which he asks Kolig to sign and return as soon as possible.

His view is that they must decline Dr Schneider's request as they have too much else in prospect. He informs his friend that things are going well with the Hagenbund (a group of artists who were not part of the exclusive Secession group) and that there is talk of setting up an independent group called the Sonderbund (this plan never came to fruition because of Schiele's death). He also tells Kolig that the Wiesbaden exhibition will not be going ahead at present because of the political situation and suggests that they approach the Secession instead with some portraits..

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Schiele, Egon

Maler (1890-1918). Railway pass with portrait photograph of the artist as a twelve-year-old, signed on the reverse ("Egon Leo Schiele"). Wien. Original-Portraitphographie im Anzug (Bruststück; berieben). 65:97 mm. Trockenstempel der "k. k. Staatseisenbahndirection Wien". Auf Untersatzkarton des Studios L. Grillich, Wien. In Original-Kartonmappe.
$ 10,802 / 9.500 € (32378/BN23658)

Until his retirement in 1902, Schiele's father worked as stationmaster in Tulln on the Danube. - The 12-year-old Schiele's signature in pencil and rather faded.

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Schiele, Egon

Maler (1890-1918). Autograph postcard signed. Wien. ½ S. 8vo. Mit eh. Adresse und Absender.
$ 8,528 / 7.500 € (61066/BN45175)

Telling Robert Philippi that his chair "for 12 K [= Austro-Hungarian Kronen]" is ready and can be picked up. - Address page strongly browned in lower margin.

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Schiele, Egon

E. Schriftstück mit U.
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Egon Schiele (1890–1918), Maler. E. Schriftstück mit U. O. O., 2. August 1917. ½ S. Qu.-kl.4°. – „Habe heute vom Herrn Dr. Reichel 7 farbige Zeichnungen von mir und 2 schwarze von Paris von Gütersloh für die Ausstellung in Stockholm übernommen und wird das österreichische Museum dieselben noch extra bestätigen [...]“. – Der Kunstsammler Oskar Reichel (1869–1943) öffnete Schiele den Zugang zur Wiener Kunstszene und gab bei ihm auch zahlreiche Arbeiten in Auftrag. In dem Jahr, aus dem vorliegendes Schreiben datiert, beteiligte sich Schiele an einer Ausstellung österreichischer Kunst, die in Amsterdam, Stockholm und Kopenhagen gezeigt wurde. – Im linken Rand gelocht (keine Textberührung), mit Faltspuren.


Schiele, Egon

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Exceptionally attractive and scarce letter, in German, stating that the payment of 700 Crowns has arrived. Schiele agrees to the restoration of one of his pictures, should any kind of cracking appear in the work. The beauty of the letter shows in the signature: he signs with the date in a square as in the manner of his signature on his paintings, "EgonSchiele 1917." - Schiele was an early exponent of Expressionism. As a student of Klimt, he also remains associated with art nouveau, and he was successful artist by the time he died in 1918, a victim of the Spanish flu.