• Impressionist/Modern Works on  auction at Christies

    Sale 7832

    Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper

    3 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 221

    Egon Schiele (1890-1918)

    Die Schauspielerin Marga Boerner

    Price Realised  


    Egon Schiele (1890-1918)
    Die Schauspielerin Marga Boerner
    signed with the monogram and dated '1917' (lower right); with the signature of the sitter 'Marga Boerner' (lower right)
    black crayon on paper
    18 x 11¾ in. (46 x 29.8 cm.)
    Executed in 1917

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    Die Schauspielerin Marga Boerner is one of at least three known portraits that Egon Schiele drew of the actress Marga Boerner in 1917. Two of these portraits, including the present work, have also been signed, as if in authorization, by both Schiele and the actress herself.

    Executed using a thick black crayon in the bold and assured manner that distinguished the new mature style of drawing that Schiele inaugurated in 1917, these drawings were perhaps made in preparation for an oil portrait that ultimately never seems to have materialized. Certainly, in the two other surviving portraits of Boerner, Schiele has fully coloured his drawings of the actress as if laying the foundations for a painted portrait.

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    Anonymous sale, Dorotheum, Vienna, 20 June 1975, lot 435.
    Acquired at the above; sale, Sotheby's, London, 9 February 2005, lot 321.
    Private collection, London, by whom acquired at the above sale, and thence by descent to the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    Jane Kallir, Egon Schiele: The Complete Works, London, 1998, no. 1903 (illustrated p. 571).