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Poster for the Vienna Secession 49th exhibition



Egon Schiele


12 Jun 1890 - 31 Oct 1918


Schiele studied at the Vienna Academy, coming under the influence of the heightened art nouveau of Gustav Klimt. He rapidly evolved his own style, redirecting the symbolist intensity of his mentor towards a more psychological, and indeed more modern, focus. In this Schiele echoed the new psychoanalytical theories of Sigmund Freud as well as his own subjective and often neurotic intimations. His view of human nature, graphically evidenced in the prolific drawings, paintings and prints that constitute his short career, was filtered through a prodigious eroticism. This poster for the last Secessionist exhibition in which he participated is based on a slightly earlier painting, photographically transferred to the lithographic plate before being reworked by the artist. Suggesting a Christ-like centrality not out of keeping with his personality, Schiele represents himself at the head of a table of friends, a number of whom have the tonsures of monks. Beyond its collegiate message, the print impresses as a formal arrangement of stark reductivity.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999.




Media category


Materials used

colour lithograph


67.8 x 53.2 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed and dated c.r., [inscribed on stone] "Egon/ Schiele/ 1918".


Purchased 1979


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Egon Schiele

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 7 publications


Christine Dixon, Secession: Modern art and design in Austria and Germany 1890s-1920s, 'Vienna: The great secession', pg.23-29, Canberra, 2000, 29. no catalogue numbers

Nicolas Draffin, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Prints & Drawings', pg. 109-124, Sydney, 1988, 115 (colour illus.).

Nicolas Draffin, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Prints and Drawings - Australia, European and American', pg. 47-66, Sydney, 1981, 47 (colour illus.), 59. 25

Renée Free, Modernism 1900-1950: prints and drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers

Renée Free, Fin de Siècle, Sydney, Jan 1994. no catalogue numbers

Renée Free, AGNSW Collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 151 (colour illus.).

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Works on Paper', pg. 78-92, Sydney, 1999, 90 (colour illus.).