May 10, 2012 - Sale 2278

Sale 2278 - Lot 15

Price Realized: $ 28,800
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 20,000
26x19 3/4 inches, 66x50 cm. Alb. Berger, Vienna.
Condition B+: minor restoration along unobtrusive vertical and horizontal folds; muted reds. Mounted on Japan. Matted and framed.
Schiele was one of the meteoric talents of the Secession movement. Unlike the colorful and decorative work of the early Secessionists, Schiele's output was darker and more intense, highlighted by powerful erotic, figurative imagery. He can rightfully be considered one of the first Expressionists. As part of the Secession's 49th Exhibition, Schiele was granted an entire room to display the fifty of his works that had been chosen. He also designed the exhibition poster itself. The intimate scene of "a group of like-minded people, quite content in each other's company" (Schiele p. 198), has various titles such as "Die Tafelrunde" and "Die Freunde," which leaves its meaning open to interpretation. But, as it was finished during the final year of the First World War, it is generally accepted to be "a sentimental tribute to a disappearing world" (Denscher p. 59). The people around the table have been identified as various artist friends of Schiele's (who is seated at the top of the poster). The empty seat opposite him is said to be intended for Gustav Klimt, who died about a month prior to the exhibition's opening. It was this exhibition which launched Schiele as an internationally important artist. Tragically, Schiele died during the Spanish Flu pandemic later that year. MOMA 24.1957, Modern Poster p. 75, Denscher p. 56, Weill p. 118, Masters 1900 p. 185, Verführungen p.38.