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Letter from Egon Schiele to Hermann Engel, Sept. 1911

Leopold Museum,
India ink on paper
22.5×28.8 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

  • Hermann Engel
Unfortunately not on display at the moment


September 1911.

Dear Dr. E. [Engel]
“Revelation”! – The revelation of a certain being; it can be a poet, an artist, a man of knowledge, a spiritist. – Have you ever felt the impression a great personality can make on the world? That would be one. – The painting must emit light from itself, the bodies have their own light, which they consume during their lifetime; they burn; they are unlit. – The figure backwards? – The one half should thus show portrayed the vision of such a great person, that the one who influences kneels down in rapture, bends over before the great one who looks without opening its eyes, who decays, out of whom streams astral light orange or other color, in such excess that the one who is kneeling flows hypnotized into the great one. – On the right everything is red, orange, deep brown and on the left is the being similar to him, which resembles the great one on the right differently. – (Positive and negative electricity unite.) It should thus mean that the small one on his knees melts into the radiant great one. That gives you some idea about my painting. “Revelation”!
Egon Schiele.

The work Revelation by Egon Schiele (1890-1918) is housed by the Leopold Museum.

Object data

  • Sender: Egon Schiele
  • Recipient: Hermann Engel
Letter from Egon Schiele to Hermann Engel
Sept. 1911
India ink on paper
22.5×28.8 cm
Handwritten annotation in pencil by a foreign hand: Gustav Klima [?], V., Rechte Wienzeile Nr. 101, Stiege, I.M [?]
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4497
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Der Lyriker Egon Schiele. Briefe und Gedichte 1910–1912 aus der Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Elisabeth Leopold, München 2008.
  • Christian M. Nebehay: Egon Schiele 1890-1918. Leben, Briefe, Gedichte, Salzburg 1979.
Catalogue raisonne
  • ESDA ID 141
  • Nebehay 1979: 397
Egon Schiele
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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

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