Egon Schiele, ‘Liegendes Kind (Reclining Child)’, Drawn in 1910 (incorrectly dated 1908 according to Jane Kallir), Phillips

Property from a Private European Collection

Signed and dated 'Egon Schiele 08' towards the lower right. Possibly by another hand.

J. Kallir, Egon Schiele: The Complete Works, New York, 1998, no. 421a, p. 665 (illustrated)

Heinrich Benesch, Vienna
Eric Estorik, London
Chalk & Vermilion Fine Arts, Greenwich
Sotheby's, New York, 11 November 1999, lot 332A
Sotheby's, London, Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale, 6 February 2014, lot 434
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

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