Skip to content

Stein on the Danube II, 1913

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
91.5×91.5 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG3
In the course of the year 1913, Egon Schiele (1890–1918) creates a series of paintings with the medieval town of Stein on the Danube as their motif. The artist prefers either the view from the opposite riverbank or – as in this case – from the Kreuzberg hill rising up behind it. As far as the composition is concerned, he thus frees up the silhouette of the city in front of the monochrome water surface to achieve maximum contrast. Even though Schiele was well acquainted with the local topography, he modifies the characteristic buildings of Stein by selecting and rearranging them to his liking, thus designing a portrait of the city as a composition of characteristic architectural elements far removed from a life-like reproduction. A prime example of this collage-like concentration of the motif is the square structure of the Minorite Monastery in the foreground, which in reality is located not directly next to the Frauenberg church, but 300 meters east of it.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Stein on the Danube II
Art movement
Oil on canvas
91.5×91.5 cm
Signed and dated lower right: EGON SCHIELE 1913
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 479
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.
  • Trotzdem Kunst! Österreich 1914-1918, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold/Ivan Ristić u.a., Wien 2014 (Ausst-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 09.05.2014-15.09.2014).
  • Egon Schiele Landschaften, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold, München u.a. 2004 (Ausst. Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 17.09.2004-31.01.2005).
  • 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: P269
  • Leopold 1972/2020: 240
  • O. Kallir 1966: 186
  • O. Kallir (Nirenstein) 1930: 125
  • Natter 2017: 140

If you have further information on this object, please contact us.


Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Franz Hauer, Wien (bis 1914);
Nachlass Franz Hauer, Wien (1914-1918);
Heinrich Mayer, Wien (1918-1938); (1)
Josef und Richard Parzer, Wien (1938-1956);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1956-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Otto Nirenstein, Egon Schiele. Persönlichkeit und Werk, Berlin 1930, Nr. 125; Sonja Niederacher, Egon Schiele. „Stadt Stein“ II, Dossier vom 30.04.2011, S. 3f.
  2. Niederacher, Dossier, S. 5; Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag vom 24.04.1956.

For provenance related information, please contact us.