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Letter from Egon Schiele to Karl Ernst Osthaus, 10th Oct. 1911

Leopold Museum,
Black ink on paper
17×13.1 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

  • Karl Ernst Osthaus

    (Hagen 1874–1921 Merano)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment


Neulengbach near Vienna, October 10, 1911.

Ernst Osthaus! As much as I wanted to live in the ‘dead city’ Krummau, my stay there was
equally resented. – The young painters. – Vienna, however, is inorganic for me, so I am finally in dramatic surroundings, - near Neulengbach. – On the 15th of the month at the latest a collective exhibition is opening of some of my paintings, 4 being from Krumau, at Putze’s in Munich Briennerstraße, with Anders Zorn. – In addition I intend to send you some new work, I am absolutely not a businessman, my sole concern is that I can finally be able to work, at least two or three months, regardless of income. – Whatever you wish to send me will be acceptable. – The exhibition is continuing, and completely new works will soon be added. With warm greetings!

Egon Schiele
Neulengbach near Vienna.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
  • Recipient: Karl Ernst Osthaus
Letter from Egon Schiele to Karl Ernst Osthaus
10th Oct. 1911
Black ink on paper
17×13.1 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 5370
Inventory access
Accession 1997
Selection of Reference works
  • Der Lyriker Egon Schiele. Briefe und Gedichte 1910–1912 aus der Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Elisabeth Leopold, München 2008.
Catalogue raisonne
  • ESDA ID 168
  • Nebehay 1979: Nicht gelistet/Not listed
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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Karl Ernst Osthaus, Hagen (bis 1921);
Erb*innen nach Karl Ernst Osthaus (1921 bis vermutlich 1997);
Auktion: 26.11.1997, Antiquariat J. A. Stargardt, Berlin, Autographen aus allen Gebieten, Los Nr. 707; (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1997); (2)

  1. Antiquariat J. A. Stargardt, Autographen aus allen Gebieten. Katalog 667, Berlin 1997, S. 241-243
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung vom 26.11.1997

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