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Chrysanthemums, 1910

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
61×91.9 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
According to the notes kept by his most important mentor Arthur Roessler (1877–1955), Egon Schiele (1890–1918) met Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) already in 1907. A generation older than Schiele, Klimt would become his fatherly friend and promoter whose artistic influence on the still searching Schiele cannot be overestimated. Contemporary observers already commented on this proximity with appellations such as “Silver Klimt” and “faithful paladin”. The flower painting Chrysanthemums reveals influences of Viennese Jugendstil especially in terms of the choice of the depiction’s format due to the rampant Japonism, which was highly popular at the time, and the decorative staging of the subject. By depicting chrysanthemums, however, Schiele openly emphasized the reference to East Asian art and artisan craftwork. The tension-filled contrast between the delicate weave of flowers and the flat black of the background illustrates the type of pictorial-dramaturgical means that suited Schiele’s Expressionist manner of painting.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Expressionism
Oil on canvas
61×91.9 cm
Signed lower half right (black): Schiele
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 478
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.
  • 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: P180
  • Leopold 1972/2020: 142
  • Natter 2017: 19
  • O. Kallir 1966: 96
  • O. Kallir (Nirenstein) 1930: 114

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Marianne Reder-Titze, Wien (vor 1930-1953); (1)
Ferdinand Titze, Wien (1953-1964);
Auktion: 01.-04.12.1964, Dorotheum Wien, 566. Kunstauktion, Los Nr. 310
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1964-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Otto Nirenstein, Egon Schiele. Persönlichkeit und Werk, Berlin 1930, Nr. 114; Sonja Niederacher, Egon Schiele. Chrysanthemen, Dossier vom 30.04.2011
  2. Niederacher, Dossier, S. 5f.

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