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Reclining Boy (Erich Lederer), 1913

Leopold Museum,
Pencil, gouache on paper
31.8×48.1 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In this drawing, Egon Schiele (1890–1918) depicts his friend and student Erich Lederer (1896–1985), six years his junior, seated in an only rudimentarily rendered fauteuil. Only the backrest is executed as a two-dimensional, yellow element, framing the head of the subject, who is portrayed in a three-quarter profile. The tension-filled horizontal format thus evolves from pencil strokes to outlines in yellow ochre to the partially watercolored upper body before culminating in the differentiated coloring of the upper right corner.
The depicted was the son of Serena (1867–1943) and August Lederer (1857–1936), who from 1899 on compiled one of the most remarkable collections of works by Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and were also friends with the artist. It was Klimt to introduce Schiele to the family in 1912. The latter subsequently received commissions for portraits and was invited to stay with the Lederers at their family residence in Győr. The artist and Erich Lederer, who was greatly interested in art, became close friends. In 1915, it was Schiele who mediated the sale of Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze by Carl Reininghaus to the Lederers.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Reclining Boy (Erich Lederer)
Art movement
Graphic work
Pencil, gouache on paper
31.8×48.1 cm
Signed and dated lower right using pencil: EGON SCHIELE 1913.
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1408
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.
  • Linie und Form. 100 Meisterzeichnungen aus der Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Franz Smola/Fritz Koreny, Wien 2014 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 23.05.2014–20.10.2014).
  • Verborgene Schätze der österreichischen Aquarellmalerei, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Franz Smola, Wien 2010 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien 05.03.2010-24.05.2010).
  • Wien 1900. Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Diethard Leopold/Peter Weinhäupl, Wien u.a. 2009.
  • 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: D1224
  • Leopold 1972/2020: Taf. 113

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Bey Behcet Özdoganci, Wien / Istanbul (1939-1948);
Galerie Otto Schatzker, Wien (zwischen 1949 u. 1955); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1955-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Sonja Niederacher, Dossier zu zwölf Blättern von Egon Schiele mit der zugeschriebenen Provenienz Behçet Şefik Özdoğanci vom 02.04.2015
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Bestätigungen der Galerie Otto Schatzker für Anzahlungen vom 08.04. und 15.04.1955
Decision of the Advisory Board (PDF)

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