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Crouching Female Nude, 1914

Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
Black chalk, gouache on paper, verso: pencil on paper
31.3×48.2 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Even more strongly than his paintings, Egon Schiele’s (1890–1918) graphic oeuvre is characterized by a continuous stylistic transformation progressing in countless nuances from the soft lines of Jugendstil to the sharp edges of the artist’s early works and finally to the sovereignty of his late works. Whether they are executed in pencil or chalk and whether they are colored using gouache or watercolors or not colored at all – his works on paper, of which only very few can be identified as studies for paintings, represent an artistic field in which he displayed an almost somnambulistic certainty in his lines and in the compositional organization of the pictorial space and thus created masterpieces that were highly acclaimed even during his lifetime. Crouching Female Nude shows characteristics that are typical of the year 1914, including the stylization of the face coupled with a cool, sparse and dry coloring of the skin.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Crouching Female Nude
Alternative title
Verso: Self-Portrait (Head), 1914
Art movement
Graphic work
Black chalk, gouache on paper, verso: pencil on paper
31.3×48.2 cm
Signed and dated lower right: EGON SCHIELE 1914
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1398
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Rudolf Leopold: Egon Schiele. Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold, München 2020.
  • Wally Neuzil. Ihr Leben mit Egon Schiele, hrsg. von Diethard Leopold/Stephan Pumberger u.a., Wien 2015 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 27.02.2015-01.06.2015).
  • Jane Kallir: Egon Schiele - The complete works. Expanded edition including a biography and a catalogue raisonné, New York 1998.
Catalogue raisonne
  • J. Kallir 1990/1998: D1608
  • Leopold 1972/2020: Taf. 155
  • Verso: J. Kallir 1990/1998: D1661

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Heinrich Böhler, Wien / St. Moritz (o.D.);
Mabel Böhler, Lugano (1940-1958);
Galerie Klipstein & Kornfeld, Bern (1958-1964);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1964-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Sonja Niederacher, Egon Schiele. Kauernder Mädchenakt, Dossier vom 16.01.2012, S. 2-4; Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schreiben der Galerie Kornfeld und Cie an Dr. Elisabeth Leopold vom 12.03.2001

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