The present lot belonged to the art dealer Otto Nirenstein, who later took the name of Kallir. In 1923, Kallir would open the Neue Galerie with an exhibition of Schiele's paintings and later publish the first catalogue raisonné of his works in 1930. Threatened by the law against "degenerated art" in 1938, Liegendes Mädchen mit Schwarzen Strümpfen was then owned by Vita Maria Künstler who took over the Neue Galerie when Kallir emigrated to the United States.
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