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Self-Portrait, Grimacing, 1910

Leopold Museum,
Crayon, gouache on paper
45.3×30.7 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In his self-portraits of 1910, in particular, Egon Schiele (1890–1918) explores the seemingly endless field of facial expressions with an almost encyclopedic range of variants. In Self-Portrait, Grimacing he presents himself with a wrinkled nose, raised eyebrows and a wide open mouth. The insight into his body that is thus offered corresponds to the coloring of the body, heightened to a bright orange red. In this grotesque distortion, the abject impression is further intensified by the presence of only a few remaining teeth. The artist’s chest, exposed by a gaping shirt, appears like an amorphous repetition of the physiognomic spectacle. All in all, this portrait gives precedence to self-questioning over self-assertion.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Self-Portrait, Grimacing
Art movement
Graphic work
Crayon, gouache on paper
45.3×30.7 cm
Signed and dated lower right: SCHIELE 10.
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2312
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
  • Schiele - Brus - Palme. Absturzträume, hrsg. von Roman Grabner und Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Graz 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 03.03.2018-11.06.2018).
  • 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: D705

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Provenance research
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Alfred Spitzer, Wien (bis 1923);
Hanna, Edith und Hermine Spitzer, Wien (ab 1923);
Mathilde Lukacs, Brüssel (o.D.);
Galerie Klippstein & Kornfeld, Bern (1956);
Galerie Würthle, Wien (ab 1956); (1)
Viktor Fogarassy, Graz (o.D.); (2)
Hans Dichand, Wien (o.D.);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1980-1994); (3)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994)

  1. Sonja Niederacher, Dossier Fritz Grünbaum vom 30. Juni 2010, S. 76-78
  2. Stempel „Sammlung Viktor Fogarassy“ auf der Blattrückseite
  3. Niederacher, Dossier, S. 79; Archiv des Leopold Museums, Bestätigung vom 01.06.1980

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