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Nude Self-Portrait in Gray with Open Mouth, 1910

Leopold Museum,
Black chalk, gouache on paper
44.8×32.1 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
His own body is one of Egon Schiele’s (1890–1918) most important artistic themes, especially in the years 1910 to 1912. He frequently depicts it in nude or semi-nude self-portraits, such as his Nude Self-Portrait in Gray with Open Mouth, created in 1910. Here, the artist achieves a staging that is rare for its pressing and threatening atmosphere; conveyed by the mouth, opened as if to let out a scream, and the arms, fragmented to stumps, it is further intensified by the gray-black coloring of the body. It is now a little-known fact that, apart from individual portraits and representations of flowers, Schiele mostly chose depictions of male nudes and nude self-portraits – which in February 1910 in Prague were confiscated on the spot – to introduce himself to the public in his earliest exhibitions with the Neukunstgruppe.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Nude Self-Portrait in Gray with Open Mouth
Art movement
Graphic work
Black chalk, gouache on paper
44.8×32.1 cm
Signed and dated lower right: SCHIELE 10
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1460
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Wilhelm Lehmbruck. Retrospektive, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Köln 2016 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 8.04.2016-8.07.2016).
  • nackte männer. von 1800 bis heute, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter, München 2012 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 19.10.2012-28.01.2013).
  • Egon Schiele. Melancholie und Provokation, hrsg. von Elisabeth/Diethard Leopold, Wien 2011 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 23.09.2011–19.04.2012).
  • Rudolf Leopold u.a. :Egon Schiele und Horst Janssen. Selbstinszenierung, Eros und Tod, Oldenburg 2004 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 05.03.2004-28.06.2004).
  • 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: D696

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Egon Schiele, Wien (1919); (1)
Gertrude Schiele-Peschka, Wien (ab 1919); (2)
Anton Peschka jun., Wien (1948); (3)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Stempel: „Nachlass EGON SCHIELE“ auf der Blattrückseite
  2. Rudolf Leopold, Egon Schiele. Die Sammlung Leopold, Wien u. Köln 1995, S. 74, Nr. 33; Jane Kallir, Egon Schiele. The Complete Works, New York 1998, S. 426, D 696.
  3. Archiv der Albertina, Katalog zur Egon Schiele-Gedächtnisausstellung, unveröffentlichtes Manuskript, Wien 1948, S. 9, Nr. 45: „Schwarzer Akt (Selbstbildnis)“

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