Lot 187
  • 187

Egon Schiele

700,000 - 900,000 USD
670,000 USD
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  • Egon Schiele
  • Sitzender Junge (Seated Boy)
  • Signed with the initial S. and dated 10. (center right)
  • Gouache, watercolor and black crayon on paper


Galerie Würthle, Vienna
C. J. Rittmannsberger, Vienna (probably acquired from the above in the 1960s and sold by the family: Sotheby's, London, June 26, 2008, lot 161)
Acquired at the above sale by A. Alfred Taubman

Catalogue Note

In 1910, Schiele executed a number of drawings and watercolors of the male body, which epitomize his highly individual, newly developed Expressionist style. For the most part, the figures executed during this period are beautifully colored with transparent flesh tones and explicit in the physicality of their poses. The black outlines of the body are roughly sketched, revealing the strong skeletal structure while the flesh is highlighted with soft washes of color. Seated with his left leg crossed in and his right leg bent behind, the arms sensuously placed on the torso and right leg, we know that this is a pose which the figure cannot hold for very long and it is our anticipation of this movement that adds a sense of dynamism to the scene. Delineated in sharp contours, with the sitter's lips, ear and eyes rendered in vivid strokes of red pigment, Sitzender Junge demonstrates the artist's skill as a draftsman and his obsession with the sensuous quality of the human form. 

Writing about Schiele's depictions of the male nude, Simon Wilson has observed: "Schiele's mature art presents us with an image of man, free-floating, seen from strange and unusual angles and in strange and unusual postures, that is quite new in the long history of the human image in Western art. He developed in other works a completely fresh view of man in art—an extraordinary achievement. But that is not all: Schiele's image of man is of an unprecedented and remarkable completeness. He depicts [men] as the sexual being [they] are in a way no other great artist had ever done before, and at the same time gives full and equal value to the metaphysical and the psychological" (Simon Wilson, Egon Schiele, Ithaca, 1980, p. 18).