The Hermits

Egon Schiele1912

Leopold Museum

Leopold Museum

Started by Schiele in 1911, this painting is considered one of his largest and most significant. First exhibited in Germany in 1912, the painting would not sell during his lifetime. Collectors like Carl Reininghaus could not quite understand it. This prompted Schiele to take up a position explaining it as “a mourning world” into which he painted the “bodies of empathic beings,” a work that “could only stem from intimacy.” The two entangled figures, wrapped in a dark garment, stand hovering over a slightly inclined ground. The face of the left figure clearly bears Schiele’s features. There has been much speculation as to who the right figure might be. The figure could possibly be Klimt; however, it could also be a memorial to Schiele’s father.

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  • Title: The Hermits
  • Creator: Egon Schiele
  • Date Created: 1912
  • Technique: Oil on canvas
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed and dated below left (three tiems): EGON SCHIELE 1912
  • Physical Dimensions: w1810 x h1810 cm (Without Frame)
  • Painter: Egon Schiele
  • Original German Title: „Die Eremiten”
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 466, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 466
  • External Link: Leopold Museum, Vienna

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