• Impressionist Modern Works on  auction at Christies

    Sale 2218

    Impressionist Modern Works on Paper

    4 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 164

    Egon Schiele (1890-1918)

    Bub mit grünen Strümpfen

    Price Realised  


    Egon Schiele (1890-1918)
    Bub mit grünen Strümpfen
    signed and dated 'EGON SCHIELE 1911.' (center right)
    gouache and watercolor over pencil on paper
    18 7/8 x 12½ in. (47.9 x 31.8 cm.)
    Painted in 1911

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    Jane Kallir has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    Executed in 1911, Bub mit grünen Strümpfen dates from a period when Egon Schiele began to draw young children with recurring frequency. He found his models amongst the vagrant children of Vienna's slums, choosing them not merely because they could be convinced to pose for a pittance, but because their relaxed, unselfconscious and uninhibited behavior allowed him to observe true human nature stripped of all the pretense and convention of Imperial Viennese society. It was around this time that the young artist would also achieve a major stylistic breakthrough in his art, arriving at a unique combination of naturalistic rendering and expressive stylization that derived from his earlier experiments with Jugendstil formalism.

    In contrast to his earlier and more provocative drawings of adolescents, Bub mit grünen Strümpfen is a more straight-forward account of a middle-class or well-to-do boy. Compared with his edgy, angular, and more expressive line of 1910, here Schiele adopts a softer, more rounded, economic and realistic line with which to define his subject.


    Private collection, Vienna (circa 1955).
    Gift from the above to the present owner, circa 1980.