Letter from Egon Schiele in Vienna to Karl Ernst Osthaus in Hagen
(Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)
(Hagen 1874–1921 Merano)
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.
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