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Squatting Female Nude, 1910

Leopold Museum,
Black chalk, gouache, opaque white on paper
44.7×31 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Following a predominance of male nudes and nude self-portraits at the start of the year, the artist began creating numerous depictions of female nudes in the second half of the year. Apart from his younger sister Gertrude, he mostly used two models who have yet to be identified by name. One of them posed for Squatting Female Nude. In his depictions of nudes from this period, Egon Schiele (1890–1918) breaks with conventions by staging the nudity of the bodies in a demonstratively unembellished manner and even employing shortening and fragmentation. Framed by a blinding white contour that resembles an aura, the body is emphasized even more strongly in its corporeality, which is as sensual as it is vulnerable. The depicted does not tolerate the gaze passively, but exposes its objectifying character.
A comparison with male nudes from the same period, such as Nude Self-Portrait (/en/object/2461), reveals that Schiele does not differentiate between the sexes in his stagings. He sometimes even blurs the lines and focuses on a corporeality that seems to transcend gender boundaries.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Squatting Female Nude
Art movement
Graphic work
Black chalk, gouache, opaque white on paper
44.7×31 cm
Monogrammed and dated center half-right: S. 10
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1456
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).
  • 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: D556
  • Leopold 1972/2020: Taf. 46

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Marlborough Fine Art, London (1964); (1)
Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1964-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Katalog zu „Egon Schiele. Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings“, Marlbourough Fine Art 1964, Nr. 42 („Squatting Nude 1910“).
  2. Michael Wladika, Egon Schiele, Hockender weiblicher Akt, Dossier vom 31.12.2014, S. 10; Schreiben Dr. Wolfgang Fischer (Marlbourough Fine Art) an Dr. Rudolf Leopold vom 13.01.1964
Decision of the Advisory Board (PDF)

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