Egon Schiele, ‘Weiblicher Torso in Unterwäsche und schwarzen Strümpfen’, 1917, Christie's

Signature: signed and dated 'EGON SCHIELE 1917' (lower center)

Munich, Galerie Ilse Schweinsteiger, Egon Schiele, August-October 1976.

Vienna, Galerie Würthle, Egon Schiele, May-June 1977.

Salzburg, Galerie Welz, June 1977.

Tokyo, The Seibu Museum of Art, Egon Schiele, April-June 1979, no. 58 (illustrated in color).

London, Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd, Egon Schiele: An Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings, June-August 1979, p. 11, no. 49 (illustrated, p. 43).

Nyon, Galerie Loyse von Oppenheim, Egon Schiele: Zeichnungen und Aquarelle aus den Beständen des Historischen Museums der Stadt Wien und aus amerikanischem Privatbesitz ausgewählt von Serge Sabarsky, May-July 1980.

Vienna, Historisches Museum der Stadt; Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz; Munich, Museum Villa Stuck and Hanover, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Egon Schiele: Aquarelle und Zeichnungen, September 1981-June 1982, p. 189, no. 97 (illustrated in color).

Rome, Pinacoteca Capitolina; Venice, Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna, Ca' Pesaro and Martigny, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Egon Schiele, June 1984-January 1987, p. 196, no. 153 (illustrated in color).

Charleroi, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Egon Schiele, September-December 1987, p. 191, no. 99 (illustrated in color, p. 150).

Städtische Galerie Rosenheim; Florence, Palazzo Strozzi; Herforder Kunstverein im Daniel-Pöppelmann-Haus; Leverkusen, Erholungshaus der Bayer A.G.; Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst; Bari, Castello Svevo; Genoa, Museo Villa Croce; Ferrara, Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea di Palazzo Massari; Linz, Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum; Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen; Berlin, Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum; Passau, Museum moderner Kunst; Ulmer Museum; Prague, Palais Wallenstein and Paris, Musée-Galerie de la Seita, Egon Schiele: 100 Zeichnungen und Aquarelle, May 1988-February 1993, p. 182, no. 88 (illustrated in color).

Roslyn, Nassau County Museum of Art, Egon Schiele: A Centennial Retrospective, January-April 1990, p. 174, no. 88 (illustrated in color).

Milan, Palazzo della Permanente, Egon Schiele: Acquarelli e dipinti, May-June 1991, p. 150, no. 60 (illustrated in color).

Aix-en-Provence, Musée Granet; Albi, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec; Lisbon, Culturgest; Aschaffenburg, Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche and Blumeninsel Mainau, Schloss Mainau, Egon Schiele: Cent oeuvres sur papier, June 1993-November 1994, no. 91.

Martigny, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Egon Schiele, February-May 1995, p. 181, no. 115 (illustrated in color).

Bad Frankenhausen, Panorama Museum; Städtische Galerie Klagenfurt; Krakow, International Cultural Center and Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom Gallery, Egon Schiele: 100 Zeichnungen und Aquarelle, November 1995-June 1997, no. 91.

New York, The Serge Sabarsky Foundation, Egon Schiele: Drawings and Watercolors, June 1996.

New York, Neue Galerie, Egon Schiele: The Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky Collections, October 2005-February 2006, p. 421, no. D141 (illustrated in color, p. 306).

S. Sabarsky,Egon Schiele: Watercolors and Drawings, New York, 1983, p. 91, no. 32 (illustrated in color).

S. Sabarsky, Egon Schiele, New York, 1985, p. 223, no. 153 (illustrated in color).

J. Kallir, Egon Schiele: The Complete Works, Including a Biography and a Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1990, p. 579, no. 1975 (illustrated).

J. Kallir, Egon Schiele: The Complete Works, Including a Biography and a Catalogue Raisonné, Expanded Edition, New York, 1998, p. 579, no. 1975 (illustrated).

Benedikt Fred Dolbin, Vienna and New York.

Serge and Vally Sabarsky, New York (acquired from the Estate of the above); Estate sale, Christie’s, New York, 6 May 2009, lot 6.

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