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Revelation, 1911

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
90×84.5 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG3
Egon Schiele (1890–1918) rarely commented on the content of his works. An outstanding exception is the Letter from Egon Schiele to Hermann Engel, written in September 1911, in which he expressed his thoughts on this painting: “’The Revelation’! – The revelation of a certain being; it may be a poet, an artist, a sage or a spiritualist. – Have you ever felt the impact made by a great personality on their environment? This would be one. – The picture must emanate light from within itself, the bodies have their own light which they consume throughout life; they burn up; they are unilluminated. – The figure on the reverse? – One half is supposed to portray the vision of such an extraordinary person. The person who is under his spell, enthralled by him, kneels, bows to the great man, who sees without having to open his eyes, who is being consumed, who emits an orange or differently colored astral light in such excessive measure that the prostrate figure merges with the great figure as if hypnotized. – To the right everything is reds, oranges and saturated browns, to the left is the being similar to him who is different yet equal to the great. – (Positive and negative electricity merge.) This is meant to symbolize that the small kneeling figure is merging into the great radiant figure. These are some explanations of my painting ‘The Revelation’!”

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Art movement
Oil on canvas
90×84.5 cm
Signed and dated lower right: EGON SCHIELE 1911
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 477
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • 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. Melancholie und Provokation, hrsg. von Elisabeth/Diethard Leopold, Wien 2011 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 23.09.2011–19.04.2012).
  • Der Lyriker Egon Schiele. Briefe und Gedichte 1910–1912 aus der Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Elisabeth Leopold, München 2008.
  • 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: P203
  • Leopold 1972/2020: 195
  • Natter 2017: 75
  • O. Kallir 1966: 132 / X
  • O. Kallir (Nirenstein) 1930: 86 / V

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Provenance research
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Hermann Engel, Wien (o.D.);
Richard Lanyi, Wien (vor 1928); (1)
Hans Zernatto, Treffen bei Villach (vor 1936-1944); (2)
Louise Boos-Waldeck, Maria Enzersdorf (1944-1964);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1964-1994); (3);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Sonja Niederacher, Egon Schiele, „Offenbarung“. Dossier Richard Lanyi vom 21.12.2009, S. 11-13
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schreiben Louise Boos-Waldeck an Dr. Rudolf Leopold vom 07.04.2000; Beschluss des Bezirksgerichts Villach vom 27.10.2009.
  3. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag vom 15.07.1964

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