7 October 1999
Egon Schiele (1890-1918)
cont crayon and pastel on paper
2 x 3in. (6.4 x 9 cm.)
Executed circa 1907-08
Anon. sale, Sotheby's New York, 12 May 1987, lot 129.
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J. Kallir, Egon Schiele: The Complete Works, New York, 1998, no. 181, p. 368 (illustrated).
In 1907-08 Schiele was studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In his early works he experimented with what he learnt in the academic milieu. He instilled a sense of linearism thereby mixing his awareness of the current artistic trends in Vienna with a need for a freer expression. In this work, Schiele has changed the traditional miniature portrait. The extreme close-up of the model's face in which she is forced to tilt her head back and raise her hand has created a portrait unique to Schiele.
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