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Self-Portrait with Lowered Head

Egon Schiele1912

Leopold Museum

Leopold Museum

Schiele’s head is bent, his eyes are turned upward. The whites of his eyes appear like crescent moons in an otherwise dark face. His dark head with sunken cheeks shines forth from the pale background. Above his blue-red lips sits a modest moustache, which Schiele only kept between the late fall of 1911 and the beginning of 1912. This grotesque and eerie self-portrait emerged in connection with the large-format painting The Hermits, which is also part of the Leopold Museum’s collection. From this work, Schiele adopted the posture of the head and the similarly splayed fingers, which, in the double portrait, are placed on the right hip of the left figure. Another self-portrait study from the same year shows the artist wrapped in a white gown, again with the same head posture and spread fingers placed on the hip.

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Details

  • Title: Self-Portrait with Lowered Head
  • Creator: Egon Schiele
  • Date Created: 1912
  • Technique: Oil on wood
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed and dated below right: EGON SCHIELE 1912
  • Physical Dimensions: w337 x h422 cm (Without Frame)
  • Painter: Egon Schiele
  • Original German Title: Selbstbildnis mit gesenktem Kopf
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 462, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 462

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