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Letter from Egon Schiele to Anton Peschka, 9th Jun. 1915

Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
India ink on paper
20.5×17.2 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

  • Anton Peschka

    (Vienna 1885–1940 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment


June 9, 1915
Dear A.P. [Anton Peschka]! Thank you for the two postcards. I don’t yet know what my military role will be. Böhl… [Heinrich Böhler] and Hoffm… [Josef Hoffmann] are trying to have me sent to the war press quarter as a “war and battle painter". If this turns out to be possible, it would allow me to create the most important work about our war. At the medical examination on May 31 I did not mention that I have the one-year volunteer status – please write me whether any problem is likely to arise in that respect or if I can do it at the presentation as well.
In the meantime I am waiting for military hints from you.
Warm greetings
Egon Schiele.
Write to me also: when I come to Prague I want to live by myself, will this be allowed? How long is one off or on duty, and does one have to sleep in the barracks at first?

[Address block:]
To Mr. Anton Peschka
One-year volunteer department of the Infantry Regiment 42
Officer’s school.

Egon Schiele
Vienna XIII.
Hauptstraße 101.

Object data

  • Sender: Egon Schiele
  • Recipient: Anton Peschka
Letter from Egon Schiele to Anton Peschka
9th Jun. 1915
India ink on paper
20.5×17.2 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4508
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 152
  • Nebehay 1979: 794
Egon Schiele
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Provenance research
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Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

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