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Kneeling Female in Orange-Red Dress, 1910

Leopold Museum,
Black chalk, gouache on paper
44.6×31 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The Kneeling Female in Orange-Red Dress – Schiele’s sister Gertrude – appears virtually wedged into the picture plane owing to the position of the legs and feet. Towering above them is the body of the depicted which is assembled from individual almost crystalline color planes and, except for the head and one hand, covered entirely by fabric. The coiled body looks extremely tense – an impression that is emphasized by the pencil line, added for no motivic reason, arching from the hem of the skirt up to the hand. The glowing orange-red color appears compact despite the inclusions of blue and green, and invests the rendering with additional tension. But neither the color nor the composition are apt to rival the expressiveness of the gaze from the one eye with which the depicted fixes the artist and thus also us the beholders.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Kneeling Female in Orange-Red Dress
Art movement
Graphic work
Black chalk, gouache on paper
44.6×31 cm
Monogrammed lower left: S
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1453
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.
  • Egon Schiele. Melancholie und Provokation, hrsg. von Elisabeth/Diethard Leopold, Wien 2011 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 23.09.2011–19.04.2012).
  • 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: D476
  • Leopold 1972/2020: Taf. 40

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Egon Schiele, Wien (1919);
Melanie Schuster geb. Schiele, Wien (ab 1919); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1972-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Rudolf Leopold, Egon Schiele. Die Sammlung Leopold, Wien u. Köln 1995, S. 62, Nr. 27.
  2. Michael Wladika, Dossier zu sieben Blättern von Egon Schiele mit der Provenienz Melanie Schuster vom 31.12.2012, S. 20f.

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