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Landscape with Ravens, 1911

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
95.8×89 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG3
In August 1911, Egon Schiele (1890–1918) moves from Český Krumlov/Krumau to a small house with garden in Neulengbach, Lower Austria, where one of the artist’s most productive periods begins. It is there that he creates the painting Landscape with Ravens: A flock of birds is moving through the narrow, bright patches of sky in the upper quarter of the painting, while the remaining space is filled with a depiction of the ground, built up in countless shades of brown and culminating in a knoll positioned roughly in the center and touching the upper edge of the picture. The boundary between earth and sky is marked by a crumbling fence. Hardly differentiated in color, a crooked hut and a bare autumnal tree are inscribed in the warm shades of the soil: Life and death, culture and nature appear inextricably connected. In September 1911, Schiele explains his understanding of the cycle of all beings in a letter to Oskar Reichel (1869–1943): “Earth breathes, smells, listens, feels in all its little parts; it gains, couples, decomposes and finds itself, enjoys what life is and seeks the logical philosophy of all in everything; days and years, of all transitoriness as far as one wishes and is able to think, as far as the spirit of beings is of high content; through our air, our light it has become something or many things, even creators, who are necessary, and has partially perished, consumed in itself, returned – into itself, and begins the smaller or greater cycle, everything that I want to call divine sprouts anew and brings forth and creates, out of the power which few can see, a creature.”

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Landscape with Ravens
Art movement
Oil on canvas
95.8×89 cm
Signed and dated lower right: EGON SCHIELE 1911.
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 527
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
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.
  • Der Lyriker Egon Schiele. Briefe und Gedichte 1910–1912 aus der Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Elisabeth Leopold, München 2008.
  • Egon Schiele Landschaften, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold, München u.a. 2004 (Ausst. Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 17.09.2004-31.01.2005).
  • 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.
  • Otto Nirenstein: Egon Schiele. Persönlichkeit und Werk, Berlin 1930.
Catalogue raisonne
  • J. Kallir 1990/1998: P216
  • Leopold 1972/2020: 191
  • O. Kallir 1966: 146
  • O. Kallir (Nirenstein) 1930: 89
  • Natter 2017: 47

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Heinrich Benesch, Wien (bis 1947);
Otto Benesch, Wien (1947-1964);
Eva Benesch, Wien (1964-1983); (1)
Jenö Eisenberger, Wien (1983);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1983-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Sonja Niederacher, Egon Schiele. Rabenlandschaft, Dossier vom 30.04.2011, S. 3f.
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Bestätigung der Giese & Schweiger Kunsthandel Ges.m.b.H. vom 19.02.2002 sowie Quittung vom 30.09.1983

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