Egon Schiele: Portraits

Gerti Schiele

b. 1890
d. 1918

Gerti Schiele
Egon Schiele
1909
Gerti Schiele
Portrait of Dr. Erwin von Graff

b. 1890
d. 1918

Portrait of Dr. Erwin von Graff
Egon Schiele
1910
Portrait of Dr. Erwin von Graff
Portrait of Karl Zakovsek

b. 1890
d. 1918

Portrait of Karl Zakovsek
Egon Schiele
1910
Portrait of Karl Zakovsek
Portrait of Johann Harms

b. 1890
d. 1918

Portrait of Johann Harms
Egon Schiele
1916
Portrait of Johann Harms
Portrait of Eduard Kosmack

b. 1890
d. 1918

Portrait of Eduard Kosmack
Egon Schiele
1910
Portrait of Eduard Kosmack
Self-portrait with arm twisted above head

b. 1890
d. 1918

Self-portrait with arm twisted above head
Egon Schiele
1910
Self-portrait with arm twisted above head
Portrait of Arnold Schönberg

b. 1890
d. 1918

Portrait of Arnold Schoenberg
Egon Schiele
1917
Portrait of Arnold Schönberg
Portrait of a Young Man

b. 1890
d. 1918

Head of a Young Man
Egon Schiele
1917
Portrait of a Young Man
Self-Portrait with Peacock Waistcoat, Standing
Egon Schiele, Self-Portrait with Peacock Waistcoat, Standing, 1911
Self-Portrait with Peacock Waistcoat, Standing
Egon Schiele, Portrait of the Artist's Wife, 1915
Egon Schiele, Wally in Red Blouse with Raised Knees, 1913

Egon Schiele: Portraits

October 9, 2014-April 20, 2015

This special exhibition is devoted to portraiture created by the masterful Austrian artist Egon Schiele. This is the first exhibition at an American museum to focus exclusively on portraiture in Schiele's work. Egon Schiele (1890-1918) is considered one of the twentieth century's most important artists. 

Schiele is celebrated for his singular style of draftsmanship, unusual use of color, and physically raw, often sexually provocative depictions of his sitters. Schiele expressive style and controversial subject matter played an important role in the advancement of modernism in Europe. "Egon Schiele: Portraits," organized by Schiele scholar Dr. Alessandra Comini, is shown on the third floor galleries of the museum, and includes approximately 125 paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Designer Federico de Vera is responsible for the exhibition installation, which borrows from design principles popular in Austria during the early twentieth century. The Neue Galerie is the sole venue for the exhibition.

The show focuses on six groupings of the artist's work: Family and Academy; Fellow Artists; Sitters and Patrons; Lovers; Eros; and Self-Portraits and Allegorical Self-Portraits. In addition, there will be a special display highlighting a traumatic and pivotal period in Schiele's life: his arrest and imprisonment during the spring of 1912. The exhibition documents an evolution of the artist's style, both pre- and post-imprisonment. Schiele's controversial achievements and untimely death at the age of 28 add a mythic quality to his abbreviated career.

Several extraordinary loans have been assembled for this exhibition, from both American and European museums and private collections. These include Portrait of Gerti Schiele (1909) from The Museum of Modern Art; Portrait of Johann Harms (1916) from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Standing (Edith Schiele in Striped Dress) (1915) from the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; and Self-Portrait with Peacock Waistcoat, Standing (1911) from the collection of Ernst Ploil, Vienna.

The work of Egon Schiele is central to the mission of the Neue Galerie, which holds the finest collection of paintings and drawings by the artist in the United States. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, published by Prestel, which features contributions from scholars Christian Bauer, Alessandra Comini, Lori Felton, Jane Kallir, Diethard Leopold, and Ernst Ploil. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.