Egon Schiele: The Leopold Collection, Vienna comprises more than 150 oil paintings on canvas, wood, and cardboard; gouaches; watercolors; and pen-and-ink and pencil drawings on paper. It represents the nucleus of The Leopold Collection, amassed by private collector Dr. Rudolf Leopold, which is soon to be housed in a new museum in Vienna. Encompassing the full breadth of Schiele's extraordinarily prolific career from 1905 to his premature death in 1918 at the age of twenty-eight, it includes portraits, self-portraits, allegorical compositions, landscapes, and powerful images of male and female nudes in various contorted poses. Presented together for the first time in the United States, these provocative and profoundly moving works reveal the radical aesthetic innovations, aligned with existential explorations of the human condition, that make Schiele's art so compelling for contemporary viewers.
Publication: Egon Schiele: The Leopold Collection, Vienna.
Written by Magdalena Dabrowski and Rudolf Leopold.
Egon Schiele: The Leopold Collection, Vienna was organized by Magdalena Dabrowski, Senior Curator, Department of Drawings. The exhibition is sponsored by Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc. Additional generous support is provided by Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder.The Museum gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Central Bank of Austria), the Austrian Mint, and the Austrian Cultural Institute, New York. An indemnity for the exhibition has been granted by the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.