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Procession, 1911

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
100.1×100.1 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG3
Egon Schiele’s (1890–1918) painting The Procession, created in 1911, is among the artist’s most enigmatic works, as the figures interwoven into the faceted and stylized landscape allow for different interpretations. A dark-haired figure, depicted from the front, dominates the right half of the painting with the elongated, triangular frame of her dress. To her left, a figure with an emaciated face and closed eyes is turned towards her, while at the top, we discern the skeletal head of a further figure, half of which is cut off by the depiction. The frame of the latter’s dress covers the image plane in a pyramidal manner, while the body of the crouching figure in front of it is embedded into an ovoid shape. One obvious reading is to associate the three figures with the three stages of life, though an interpretation of the work as reflecting Schiele’s family history is equally conclusive: the father, who died prematurely, beneath him the mother – depicted, as in other works, with closed eyes – and next to her the artist himself, standing on three signatures, as part of the procession. During the artist’s lifetime, the work The Procession was regularly shown from 1912 in international exhibitions together with the now lost painting Jesuits; only the jury of the Vienna Secession rejected the two works submitted for their spring exhibition in 1913.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Art movement
Oil on canvas
100.1×100.1 cm
Signed and dated three times lower right: EGON SCHIELE 1911
Credit line of the permanent loan
Ernst Ploil, Vienna
Selection of Reference works
  • Rudolf Leopold: Egon Schiele. Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold, München 2020.
  • Tobias Natter: Egon Schiele, Sämtliche Gemälde 1909-1918, Köln 2017.
  • 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: P198
  • Natter 2017: 72
  • Leopold 1972/2020: 185

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Dr. Oskar Reichel, Wien (vor 1913); (1)
Ferdinand Eckhard, Wien (vor 1930); (2)
Dr. Ferdinand Eckhard jun., Wien/Winnipeg (vor 1966); (3)
Serge Sabarsky, New York (vor 1985-1996); (4)
Vally Sabarsky, New York (ab 1996);
Vally Sabarsky Trust;
Serge and Wally Sabarsky Foundation; (5)
Auktion: 06.02.2007, Christie’s, London, Impressionist and Modern Art, Los Nr. 56
Auktion: 09.11.2010, Im Kinsky, Wien, 81. Kunstauktion, Los Nr. 84
Dr. Ernst Ploil, Wien (seit 2010)

  1. Christian Nebehay, Egon Schiele 1890-1918. Leben - Briefe - Gedichte, Salzburg und Wien 1979, S. 256f, Nr. 504
  2. Otto Nirenstein, Egon Schiele. Persönlichkeit und Werk, Berlin 1930, S. 67, Nr. 88
  3. Otto Kallir, Egon Schiele, Oeuvre Catalogue of the Paintings, New York 1966, S. 266, Nr. 133
  4. Serge Sabarsky Galerie, Katalog zu „Egon Schiele: An Exhibition of Seventeen Paintings“, New York 1985, Nr. 7
  5. Kallir Research Institute, Egon Schiele. The Complete Works Online, P 198: (abgefragt 19.09.2022)

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