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Letter from Egon Schiele to Felix Albrecht Harta, 5th Dec. 1915

Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
Ink on paper
22.7×17.5 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

  • Felix Albrecht Harta

    (Budapest 1884–1967 Salzburg)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment


5th December 1915.

Dear [Felix Albrecht] Harta, – I am about to leave for Mt. Exelberg, because
I have been commanded from the Northern Railway Station to Gänserndorf
at 1.17 today, from where I will have to take Russians to work
at the Northern Railway Station in Vienna every other day.
– I have thus not had any time yesterday nor today to do the drawings
nor will I be able to come and see you today.
– I will take art supplies and drawings that need
coloring and might draw Russians in G. [Gänserndorf]
seeing as I am free to do as I please every other day.
[Carl] Moll wrote me that the pictures for the exhibition
must be at the former Pisko Gallery by Thursday,
I will try to be in Vienna on Thursday.
– At any rate, the 3 paintings, i.e.
200 x 170 cm “Levitation” [3] M. [Mark] 10.000
180 x 150 cm “Death and Girl” [4] M. 6000
160 x 150 cm “Mother” [5] M. 6000
and ten colored drawings and 10 prepared frames
are at my studio and when the
carrier comes, please accompany him,
the key for the studio is with Mr. [Johann] Harms opposite
my house [at no.] 114. 1st floor –
If the exhibition catalogue is illustrated
please remember my request previously expressed to

[Koloman] Moser and Moll
that at least one painting and at least
one drawing be reproduced.
And since I want to exhibit at least
20 drawings, 10 frames will need
to be picked up at Arnot’s, which is not
far from Pisko’s. I might be able to
bring the corresponding drawings
on Thursday.
I would like to come to Berlin
for the exhibition opening and hope
to get 8 days of vacation. If I am in
Vienna we will see
each other on Thursday.

Best regards,

! Make sure the painting “Mother” is labeled
unfinished! Maybe the text in the catalogue could
read u… [unfinished] because of military service

The drawings (colored) are M. 200 each. black (100)

Object data

  • Sender: Egon Schiele
  • Recipient: Felix Albrecht Harta
Letter from Egon Schiele to Felix Albrecht Harta
5th Dec. 1915
Ink on paper
22.7×17.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 7847
Inventory access
Accession 2023
Catalogue raisonne
  • ESDA ID 97
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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1972-2010); (1)
Privatsammlung Leopold, Wien (2010-2023); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (2023)

  1. Rudolf Leopold, Egon Schiele. Gemälde - Aquarelle - Zeichnungen, Salzburg 1972, S. 594
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung Nr. 01-2023 vom 18.04.2023

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