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House with Shingle Roof (Old House II), 1915

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
110×140 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG3
Unlike his 1915 work Crescent of Houses II (Island Town), Egon Schiele’s (1890–1918) House with Shingle Roof (Old House II) – for which the collection of the Leopold Museum also contains a preparatory draft – does not blend topographical features into a compact landscape of houses with Cubist facets and a nonetheless organic appearance, but isolates a single building and stages it in a monumentalizing manner in imaginary surroundings constructed with few, monochrome color planes. Depicted from the front, the decrepit house with its conspicuous shingle roof, which has been preserved in Český Krumlov/Krumau until today, receives an almost inappropriate staging, opposed to the status of the building, in the detailed, partly exaggerated rendering of the shingles and of the pieces of laundry flashing in different colors. The row of trees on the lower edge of the work functions as a pedestal for this portrait of a house which is turned into a symbol of life and decay. In House with Shingle Roof (Old House II) the anthropomorphic attribution of human characteristics to non-human objects, which can be found in several of Schiele’s depictions of trees and houses, reaches a memorable culmination .


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Object data

  • Egon Schiele
House with Shingle Roof (Old House II)
Art movement
Oil on canvas
110×140 cm
Signed and dated lower right: EGON SCHIELE 1915
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 469
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.
  • 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: P295
  • Leopold 1972/2020: 262
  • Natter 2017: 174
  • O. Kallir 1966: XLVII od. XLVIII
  • O. Kallir (Nirenstein) 1930: XLIII od. XLIV

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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. Haus mit Schindeldach, Dossier vom 30.06.2010, S. 3.; Christian M. Nebehay, Egon Schiele 1890-1918. Leben, Briefe, Gedichte, Salzburg/Wien 1979, S. 352, Nr. 844
  2. Tobias Natter, Die Welt von Klimt, Schiele und Kokoschka. Sammler und Mäzene, S. 185.
  3. Niederacher, Dossier, S. 5; Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag vom 04.02.1952, dort: „Arbeiterhaus in Landschaft“; Diethard Leopold, Rudolf Leopold - Kunstsammler, Wien 2003, S. 63-65

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