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Letter from Egon Schiele to Karl Ernst Osthaus, Mar. 1911

Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
Black ink on paper
20×14.7 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

  • Karl Ernst Osthaus

    (Hagen 1874–1921 Merano)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment



The following:
Egon Schiele born on 12 June 1890 in Tulln
Lower Austria; unsuitable pupil
at all schools. At 16 I entered
the Academy in Vienna was nat-
urally regarded as crazy and my
presence met with hostility. After I
exhibited at the second intern. art exhibition [Internationale Kunstschau]
in Vienna in 1909 I was severely
persecuted at the Academy. Deputations
because of me at the Academy, conflicts,
etc. – I realized that
some of my colleagues had special
talents; I tried to leave
the Academy with them
and founded a group of young
artists under the name

“Neukunst Wien" [New Art Vienna]. [There] ensued
personal arguments with my
colleagues, so I declared
my resignation. At that time
“Neukunst Wien" went to Prague where I
was still represented. – Later some
of my colleagues exhibited with Oskar Kokoschka
at the Hagenbund. – Although I had
the strongest intention to create
one art coalition here,
it was nipped in the bud, made impossible.
– Afterwards I exhibited collectively
a few times or one or several paintings.
Hunting exhibition – Kunstschau division,
collective exhibition at Miethke’s, at Putze in Munich
and at the Hagenbund in Vienna, Sema
Munich foreseeable
Most sincerely Egon Schiele.

Object data

  • Sender: Egon Schiele
  • Recipient: Karl Ernst Osthaus
Letter from Egon Schiele to Karl Ernst Osthaus
Mar. 1911
Black ink on paper
20×14.7 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 5374
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 172
  • 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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