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Poem/Letter “My Love” by Egon Schiele for Margarete Partonek, 1st Apr. 1906

Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
Red ink on paper
19.6×14.5 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

  • Margarete Partonek
Unfortunately not on display at the moment



And even if I should not love you yet,
Look at my eyes,
Written inside them,
Is that it’s not a short-lived craze.

And even if you should not believe me yet,
That I began to love you,
So look at my lips – –;
They will rob you of many a kiss.

And even if you won’t have them,
Stolen they would not be;
Only lovers who are fond of each other,
Kiss each other all alone.

And if I cannot have you yet
I send you countless heartfelt greetings;
And also send to you, on lips and cheeks,
Many a thousand sugar-sweet kisses.

Once this writing, in red ink
Has reached you on this day,
Remember that there are only two,
To whom I once gave something written.

S. [Schiele] Egon.
April 1, 1906


Dearest Miss!
I would be very pleased, if you could write something back [and]
send it through you dear brother [1].
With a hearty kiss

E.S. [Egon Schiele]

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
  • Recipient: Margarete Partonek
Poem/Letter “My Love” by Egon Schiele for Margarete Partonek
1st Apr. 1906
Red ink on paper
19.6×14.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 5361
Inventory access
Accession 2008
Catalogue raisonne
  • ESDA ID 1896
  • 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 1896; 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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