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Letter from Egon Schiele in Vienna to Karl Ernst Osthaus in Hagen, Mar. 1911

Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
India ink on paper
28×16.2 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

  • Karl Ernst Osthaus

    (Hagen 1874–1921 Merano)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment


Dear Sir! When you were in Vienna in autumn you bought two studies of mine. – Now I will be exhibiting my collection at Miethke’s in Vienna from 18 April to May. – for my catalog I have provisionally received three proofs of my paintings which I am enclosing here for your examination. – I am in such financial need that it continually hinders me from even being able to work – In addition to the show in Vienna I have exhibited a few other times and wish to go abroad following my current retrospective here. – Should you wish to facilitate the extraordinary joy I find in my work, I ask you dearly to buy one or more of these paintings; naturally I am not concerned how much money I get for my paintings; I think for the largest one, which is called “World-Melancholy” and is 150 cm tall is 1500 marks, and for the two smaller ones, which are each 80 cm squared, – the
“Self-Seer” and “The Poet”, each 1000 marks – perhaps you would like me to send you my
catalog, with a preface by Paris von Gütersloh, which has some works you own. – I ask you to respond as soon as possible. Best
Egon Schiele Vienna XII.
Grünbergstraße 31.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
  • Recipient: Karl Ernst Osthaus
Letter from Egon Schiele in Vienna to Karl Ernst Osthaus in Hagen
Mar. 1911
India ink on paper
28×16.2 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 5272
Inventory access
Accession 1997
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 165
  • Nebehay 1979: Nicht gelistet/Not listed
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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Auktion: 26.11.1997, J. A. Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Berlin, Los Nr. 707
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1997); (1)

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung vom 26.11.1997

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