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Portrait of the Artist’s Mother (Marie Schiele) with Fur Collar, 1907

Leopold Museum,
Pencil, watercolor, gouache, opaque white on paper
32.1×22.5 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Marie Schiele (1862–1935), née Soukup, hailed from the south-Bohemian town of Český Krumlov/Krumau and came from a wealthy family. In 1879, she got married to Adolf Schiele (1850–1904); the couple had four children, with Egon Schiele being their only son. Schiele, who had enrolled as a student at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in 1906 at the age of only 16, depicted his widowed mother in profile in this early portrait. Marie Schiele’s gaze gives the portraits its special liveliness: From the corner of her eye, she is peering at the son drawing her.
As the extant correspondences show, the relationship between mother and son was not free of tensions. After Egon Schiele had died from the Spanish flu in 1918, only days after his wife Edith, his estate went to his mother. In this way, the portrait came into her possession eleven years after its creation.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Portrait of the Artist’s Mother (Marie Schiele) with Fur Collar
Art movement
Naturalism I Realism
Graphic work
Pencil, watercolor, gouache, opaque white on paper
32.1×22.5 cm
Signed and dated upper left: SCHIELE EGON 07.
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2309
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • 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.
  • Otto Kallir: Egon Schiele. Oeuvre Catalogue of the Paintings, New York 1966.
Catalogue raisonne
  • J. Kallir 1990/1998: P10
  • Leopold 1972/2020: 28
  • O. Kallir 1966: 50

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Egon Schiele, Wien (1919);
Marie Schiele, Wien (1919-1935);
Melanie Schuster geb. Schiele (1935-1974); (1)
Norbert Gradisch, Wien (1974-1983);
Wolfgang Gradisch, Wien (1983-1988); (2)
Auktion: 30.11.1988, Sotheby’s London, sale Lerolle, lot 439
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1988-1994); (3)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Michael Wladika, Egon Schiele. Bildnis der Mutter des Künstlers (Marie Schiele) mit Pelzkragen, Dossier vom 31.12.2012, S. 12-14; Rudolf Leopold, Egon Schiele. Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Salzburg 1972, S. 523, Nr. 28.
  2. Wladika, Dossier, S. 19f.
  3. Rudolf Leopold, Egon Schiele. Die Sammlung Leopold, Wien u. Köln 1995, S. 16, Nr. 3; Archiv des Leopold Museums, Fax von Mag. Andrea Jungmann (Sotheby´s Wien) an Mag. Gabriele Simak (LMPS) vom 21.12.2000.

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