- Egon Schiele
- Blondes Mädchen im Unterhemd (Blond Girl in Underwear)
- Signed Egon Schiele and dated 1913 (center right)
- Gouache and pencil on paper
- 18 3/8 by 12 3/8 in.
- 46.5 by 31 cm
Acquired at the above sale
The model for the present work is probably Valerie (Wally) Neuzil, identifiable by her bright, strawberry blonde hair. Schiele met Wally in 1911, when she was seventeen years old and had already worked as a model for Klimt. Alessandra Comini wrote about Neuzil: "A red-headed young Viennese model with haunting blue-green eyes, Wally had been sent to Schiele by Klimt, and she followed the artist from Krumau to Neulengbach, settling down with him in the small garden house there. She became his devoted companion and mistress, posing for love and managing the more mundane aspects of the household [...]. During the years 1911 to 1914 Wally posed for scores of erotic work" (A. Comini, Egon Schiele's Portraits, Berkeley, Los Angeles & London, 1990, p. 99).