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House Wall on the River, 1915

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
109.5×140 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG3
In the painting House Wall on the River, Egon Schiele (1890–1918) again uses a motif from his mother’s birthplace Český Krumlov/Krumau. He was well acquainted with the local topography thanks to his frequent visits, some of which lasted several months. The motif in question is the facade of the former Church of Saint Judoc on the left bank of the Vltava. The church was adapted for use as a residential building in the late 18th century and the extensions facing the river were once roofed with shingles, a feature which Schiele adopted in his artistic exaggeration of the motif. Apart from that, he took great liberties with regard to composition and color: The surface of facades and water, presented in a close-up and constructed in glazes of brown shades, fills up the entire field of view, creating an extremely flat stage, on which the closed windows reflecting the light and especially the pastosely painted, colorful pieces of laundry act as protagonists in a play that eloquently relates the living conditions of the people who themselves never appeared in Schiele’s city landscapes.


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Object data

  • Egon Schiele
House Wall on the River
Art movement
Oil on canvas
109.5×140 cm
Signed and dated lower right: EGON SCHIELE 1915
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 468
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Hundertwasser - Schiele. Imagine Tomorrow, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Köln 2020 (Leopold Museum, Wien, 21.02.2020-31.08.2020).
  • Rudolf Leopold: Egon Schiele. Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold, München 2020.
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
  • Tobias Natter: Egon Schiele, Sämtliche Gemälde 1909-1918, Köln 2017.
  • Egon Schiele Landschaften, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold, München u.a. 2004 (Ausst. Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 17.09.2004-31.01.2005).
  • Jane Kallir: Egon Schiele - The complete works. Expanded edition including a biography and a catalogue raisonné, New York 1998.
  • Otto Kallir: Egon Schiele. Oeuvre Catalogue of the Paintings, New York 1966.
  • Otto Nirenstein: Egon Schiele. Persönlichkeit und Werk, Berlin 1930.
Catalogue raisonne
  • J. Kallir 1990/1998: P294
  • Leopold 1972/2020: 263
  • Natter 2017: 173
  • O. Kallir 1966: XLVII od. XLVIII
  • O. Kallir (Nirenstein) 1930: XLIII od. XLIV
Conservation patron
Wilhelm Rasinger

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Heinrich Böhler, Wien / St. Moritz (ab 1915-1940); (1)
Mabel Böhler, Lugano (1940-1952); (2)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1952-1994); (3)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Sonja Niederacher, Egon Schiele. Hauswand am Fluss, Dossier vom 30.06.2010, S. 3-5
  2. Tobias Natter, Die Welt von Klimt, Schiele und Kokoschka. Sammler und Mäzene, S. 185.
  3. Niederacher, Dossier, S. 5f.; Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag vom 04.02.1952, dort „Häuserwand mit Fluss“; Diethard Leopold, Rudolf Leopold - Kunstsammler, Wien 2003, S. 63-65.

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