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Poem/Letter “Where Did You Learn About That” by Egon Schiele to Margarete Partonek, 31st Mar. 1906

Leopold Museum,
Red ink on paper
19.6×14.2 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

  • Margarete Partonek
Unfortunately not on display at the moment


Where did you learn about that?
That is still not clear to me;
Indeed I know many a maiden here
Yet for that, I cannot help it.

Once this was the joy of youth
And this did me much harm,
This young lady is of fair hair,
She has a pair of brown eyes.

But long forgotten is the time
Of much jealousy and quarrel;
Now I thank God, the noble shelter
For this redemption, my word of honor.

Much more I could write to that effect;
I only ask not to show this,
No doubt, you must know the lady,
Who wrote on the card

“L. B.” [?]


March 31,1906.

Object data

  • Sender: Egon Schiele
  • Recipient: Margarete Partonek
Poem/Letter “Where Did You Learn About That” by Egon Schiele to Margarete Partonek
31st Mar. 1906
Red ink on paper
19.6×14.2 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 5360
Inventory access
Accession 2008
Catalogue raisonne
  • ESDA ID 1895
  • Nebehay 1979: Nicht gelistet/Not listed
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Provenance research
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Margarete Partonek, Neu-Ofen (ab 1906);
Familie Partonek, Salnau (o.D.);
Auktion: 12.02.1959, Dorotheum, Wien, Los Nr. 318; (1)
Auktion: 29.11.2007, Galerie Auktionshaus Hassfurther, Wien, Biedermeier - Klassische Moderne, Los Nr. 24; (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2007)

  1. Leopold Museum Wien, Datenbank der Autografen, ID 1895; Dorotheum Wien, Nachrichtenblatt für Bücherauktionen, Wien 1959
  2. Galerie Auktionshaus Hassfurther, Katalog zur 44. Auktion, S. 36-47; Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung vom 04.04.2008

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