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Letter from Egon Schiele in Altmünster to Anton Peschka in Vienna, 21st July 1913

Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
Black ink, pencil on paper
22.5×17.6 cm folded twice


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

  • Anton Peschka

    (Vienna 1885–1940 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment


July 21, 1913
Dear Peschka,
The weather has been very bad so far; the lake here would be very beautiful, the most beautiful is the Traunstein. – The lakes in Carinthia, however, and the entire area there are far more generous and majestic. Furthermore, it is very expensive here, 4 K [Kronen] per day for a room with farmers. – Reininghaus owes me 600 K, I am waiting for that, then I can hopefully pay the entire sum for the gravestone. – Please [note] the following dimensions:

[Sketch, dimensioned and labeled:]
2 meters
2 meters
1,5 cm

one block of concrete
200 cm high
1.50 cm wide
1.20 cm thick towards the back
In front of it, a framing around the entire perimeter of the grave, 20 cm high above the ground, resulting in a 10 cm-thick wall. – One needs to know how much space is useable, that’s why I’m sending you a few Kronen tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, so you may inquire about it on Sunday in Tulln; then you need to write me these measurements
Rößler told me the following: the ceramic workshop owned by [Leopold] Forstner, who made the Stocklet-frieze [!], would also be happy to make a picture of mine for that purpose, if I give Forstner the design; so Rößler will do that for me. – For now, you have to go to Tulln and find out how much space one can use. – I can’t really write Sturm, because I had a thing with him once. – Instead, go straight to [Franz] Hauer XIX. Silbergasse 40, and for the time being ask if he is already here, nothing else, this let me know presently and I can then write him about it. Also write me how my mother stands towards me. – I think I’ll go to Neuötting in the next few days, because it won’t cost me anything there. – Maybe in August we can stay somewhere near Trieste or on the Istrian coast; in the Alps it’s too bad. Write to me
Warm greetings Egon Schiele
Altmünster/ [on] Traunsee
As per address: Arthur Rößler Haus Gaigg. Until 25 July?

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
  • Recipient: Anton Peschka
Letter from Egon Schiele in Altmünster to Anton Peschka in Vienna
21st July 1913
Black ink, pencil on paper
22.5×17.6 cm folded twice
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4500
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Christian M. Nebehay: Egon Schiele 1890-1918. Leben, Briefe, Gedichte, Salzburg 1979.
Catalogue raisonne
  • ESDA ID 144
  • Nebehay 1979: 556
Egon Schiele
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Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

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