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    Sale 2047

    Impressionist and Modern Art Works on Paper

    7 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 518

    Egon Schiele (1890-1918)

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    Egon Schiele (1890-1918)
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    with Nachlass stamp (on the reverse)
    black Conté crayon on paper
    18 1/8 x 11¾ in. (45.8 x 29.9 cm.)
    Drawn in 1917


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    By 1917, Schiele's depictions of nudes began to draw a wider and more responsive audience, partly the result of a more tolerant moral climate nearing the end of the First World War, but also because of the artist's more appealing naturalistic treatment of his subjects. Jane Kallir contends, "Schiele's style itself was no longer as shocking as it had been several years earlier; the humanism of his portraits and the refined naturalism of his line were far more accessible than had been his jarring allegories and frenetic watercolors" (in Egon Schiele: Life and Work, New York, 2003, p. 218). The shocking eroticism and tormented detail of Schiele's early style had yielded to a more classical and volumetric treatment of the figure, while his usage of a velvety, lush charcoal or Conté crayon imbued these works with seductive sensuality.

    In the present work, Schiele retains the erotic positioning and unabashed sexual exposure common to his early works, but counters this implied exhibitionism with elegant, almost restrained, draftsmanship. This duality of overt eroticism and elegant depiction of the female form is perhaps Schiele's nod to his great teacher Gustav Klimt, whose success was founded in deftly combining fantasy, sexuality and sheer beauty (fig. 1).

    (fig. 1) Gustav Klimt, Danae, 1907-1908. Private collection, Graz.

    Provenance

    Estate of the artist.
    Acquired by the late owners, circa 1983.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE SERGE AND VALLY SABARSKY COLLECTION


    Literature

    J. Kallir, Egon Schiele: The Complete Works, New York, 1990, p. 574, no. 1927 (illustrated).
    J. Kallir, Egon Schiele: The Complete Works, Expanded Edition, New York, 1998, p. 574, no. 1927 (illustrated).


    Exhibited

    Vienna, Akademie der bildenden Künste; Milan, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera; Palermo, Villa Zito; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Hamburger Kunsthalle; Salzburg, Rupertinum; Graz, Schloss Plankenwarth; Innsbruck, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum; Bottrop, Josef Albers Museum/Quadrat Bottrop; Nürnberger Kunsthalle; Capri, Certosa di San Giacomo and Halbturn, Schloss Halbturn and Kunsthalle Emden, Egon Schiele, vom Schüler zum Meister, January 1984-May 1988, no. 104.
    Rome, Pinacoteca Capitolina and Venice, Museo d'Arte Moderna Ca'Pesaro, Egon Schiele, August-November 1984, no. 159.
    Palermo, Villa Zito; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Hamburger Kunsthalle; Salzburg, Rupertinum; Graz, Schloss Plankenwarth; Innsbruck, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum; Bottrop, Josef Albers Museum/Quadrat Bottrop; Nürnberger Kunsthalle and Capri Certosa di San Giacomo, Egon Schiele, da allievo a maestro, disegni e acquarelli, March 1985-September 1986, no. 104.
    Martigny, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Egon Schiele, November 1986-January 1987, no. 96.
    Halbturn, Schloss Halbturn and Kunsthalle Emden, Egon Schiele, vom Schüler zum Meister, May 1987-May 1988, no. 104.
    Rosenheim, Städtische Galerie Rosenheim; Herforder Kunstverein im Daniel-Pöppelmann-Haus; Leverkusen, Erholungshaus der Bayer A.G.; Hoechst/Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst; Roslyn, New York, Nassau County Museum of Art; Linz, Oberösterreichisches Landesmueum; Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen; Berlin, Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum; Passau, Museum moderner Kunst; Ulmer Museum; Prague, Palais Wallenstein; Paris, Musée-Galerie de la Seita, Egon Schiele, 100 Zeichnungen und Aquarelle, May 1988-February 1993, no. 94.
    Vienna, BAWAG Fondation, Egon Schiele, 100 Zeichnungen und Aquarelle, March-May 1993.
    Zurich, Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Egon Schiele, Arbeiten auf Papier, February-April 1994, p. 103.
    Reykjavik, National Gallery of Iceland, Egon Schiele, May-July 1996.