Egon Schiele, ‘Das Graphische Werk von Egon Schiele’, 1914-18/1922, Phillips

All Images: various sizes
All Sheets: various sizes
Largest sheet: 26 x 19 in. (66 x 48.3 cm)

From the Catalogue:
Including: Männliches Bildnis (K. 3b), 1914, etching; Selbstbildnis (K. 4b), 1914, drypoint; Bildnis Franz Hauer (K. 5c), 1914, drypoint; Kauernde (K. 6b), 1914, drypoint; Kümmernis (K. 7b), 1914, drypoint; Bildnis Arthur Roessler (K. 8b), 1914, drypoint; Bildnis Paris von Gütersloh (K. 16b), lithograph; and Mädchen (K. 17b), lithograph, 1918.

Egon Schiele here explored his typical genres, nudes and psychologically penetrating portraits, in the medium of printmaking. Schiele carefully manipulated the sinuous lines of Kauernde (Squatting woman) after observing nudes in the studio. The compositions of this print and Kümmernis (Sorrow) are closely related to two of his paintings of mothers, potent symbols for artistic creation in his work, while the portraits of Arthur Roessler and Franz Hauer honor two of his most important patrons. The portfolio includes two lithographs that Schiele made for a commission in 1918 and that were ultimately rejected, one of which, Mädchen (Girl), due to its graphic depiction of adolescent sexuality, another characteristic of his work.

Schiele made only seventeen prints during his abbreviated career. Roessler had encouraged him to try the medium, touting its financial rewards and the access it gave to the lucrative German art market. Roessler provided the plates for the prints in this portfolio, and Schiele incised them in 1914, although none were published during his lifetime. Four years after Schiele's untimely death from influenza in 1918 at age twenty-eight, Otto Nirenstein acquired the artist's prints for publication by the Verlag Neuer Graphik, the fine arts imprint of the Rikola Verlag in Vienna. Das Graphische Werk von Egon Schiele (The graphic work of Egon Schiele) contains Schiele's last two lithographs and his entire oeuvre of six drypoints.

Publication excerpt from Heather Hess, German Expressionist Digital Archive Project, German Expressionism: Works from the Collection. 2011. The Museum of Modern Art website
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: All with the artist's signature stamp, numbered 56. in ink on the justification (from the edition of 80)

Publisher: Rikola Verlag, Vienna, Berlin, Leipzig and Munich

Jane Kallir 3-8, 16-17

About Egon Schiele

A great innovator of modern figure painting, Egon Schiele is known for creating erotic and deeply psychological portraits, on many occasions using himself as the subject. Schiele often used color sparingly, his work identifiable instead by his characteristic sinuous black line. In his many self-portraits, Schiele is typically nude and staring directly towards the viewer, making the works both revealing and confrontational. Schiele’s female subjects are often nude as well, their bodies portrayed in various contorted positions. Whether representing himself or others, Schiele’s pictures are strikingly raw and direct. A student of the famous Symbolist artist Gustav Klimt, Schiele’s body of landscapes (though only a small collection) evoked Klimt’s folkloric tone and flattened compositional space. Schiele was prolific, but his artistic career ended tragically when he fell victim to the Spanish flu in 1918 at only 28 years of age.

Austrian, 1890-1918, Tulln an der Donau, Austria, based in Vienna, Austria