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Rear View of a Female Half-Nude with Cloth (Fragment of Conversion II), 1913

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
192×52.5 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In 1913, Egon Schiele (1890–1918) tackles paintings of large dimensions hitherto unexplored in his oeuvre, namely the two unfinished paintings Encounter and Conversion II, which are now lost or preserved only in fragments. The Rear View of a Female Half-Nude with Cloth is a fragment of the latter monumental landscape format, which originally depicted about twelve life-size figures surrounding a central figure in a preacher’s pose. The eye witness Otto Benesch (1896–1964) describes the painting as follows: “The figures were entirely fictitious, but inspired by reality. One recognized friends, people close to Schiele: Klimt, my father, and in the features of a boy I recognized myself. They were all wearing long robes, like monks. Female nudes, viewed from the rear, appeared as well.” With regard to style and motif, the influence of Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) is clearly discernible in the painting, or rather in its preserved fragments. Schiele’s allegorical works from 1912 and 1913 are generally characterized by a recourse to symbolist compositions.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Rear View of a Female Half-Nude with Cloth (Fragment of Conversion II)
Art movement
Oil on canvas
192×52.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 654
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: P254
  • Leopold 1972/2020: 237
  • Natter 2017: 146
  • O. Kallir 1966: 178
  • O. Kallir (Nirenstein) 1930: 137

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Benedikt Fred Dolbin, Berlin / New York (1925-1960); (1)
Galerie Serge S. Sabarsky, New York (o.D.);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1971-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Sonja Niederacher, Egon Schiele. Rückenansicht eines weiblichen Halbaktes mit Tuch (Fragment), Dossier vom 30.04.2011, S. 5; Otto Nirenstein, Egon Schiele. Persönlichkeit und Werk, Berlin 1930, Nr. 137; Archiv des Leopold Museums, Otto Kallir an Dr. Rudolf Leopold vom 27.05.1959.
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung vom 04.10.1971

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