Egon Schiele was actually born in Tulln, a small town about 35 minutes by car from Vienna.
He was not always fond of Austria’s capital, but his name is still linked with the city: he studied here, died here, and produced some of his best works here (not necessarily in that order).
This overview reveals where you can see Schiele’s paintings, and where to find his former studios, grave and other important addresses.
Where to see Schiele’s works
This is the world’s most important Schiele collection, covering over 40 paintings and dozens of works on paper.
Most of the paintings are displayed on the Schiele floor of the museum, which includes extended biographical information and material as well as the works themselves. These include:
The Wien Museum also owns works by Schiele and recently (2016) rearranged their permanent exhibition to cover more of Vienna around 1900. When I visited in early 2018, there were six paintings on display, including portraits of Arthur and Ida Roessler, and “The artist’s room in Neulengbach”.
The Albertina museum also has a large Schiele collection (original works, photos, diaries, etc.), but most items are not on display at any one time. You will typically find one or two paintings in the permanent exhibition, otherwise check their current temporary exhibitions in case Schiele is featured strongly in one of those.
Schiele’s grave, studios etc.
The slideshow below takes you through the main addresses relevant to Schiele’s life (and death) in Vienna:
Schiele died on October 31st, 1918 at Hietzinger Hauptstraße 114, the home of his parents-in-law. His wife had died three days earlier from the same Spanish Flu.
He was buried in the Ober St. Veit cemetery at Gemeindeberggasse 26 (1130 Vienna) on November 3rd. On the noticeboard to the left of the main entrance you’ll find a cemetery map: you’re looking for Group B, Row 10, Nr.15/16.
Basically go right at the entrance until you hit the storage huts. Then go up the next row after this and look for Schiele’s grave on the right. He’s buried with his wife, Edith.
As you can imagine, Schiele took well to a classical education in art. Or perhaps not. Anyway, he attended the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts (address: Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna) from 1906 before breaking off his studies in 1909.
This is the same institution that famously rejected Hitler’s application. The “Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien” is still a major university today.
Studios and residences
Schiele is commonly associated with Hietzing, Vienna’s 13th district. The small Hietzing District Museum (address: Am Platz 2, 1130 Vienna) has an original bronze bust of Schiele, designed by the man himself, and one of his easels. (Warning: the museum is often open only one afternoon a week).
From 1912 to his death, Schiele’s studio was at Hietzinger Hauptstraße 101, directly opposite his parents-in-law’s house (where he died). Plaques mark both locations.
Other studios and residences bear no sign of their significance. I’ve listed some below. As far as I can tell, the original buildings are still standing (except for Pfeilgasse 3 which is definitely a newer building) and are mostly rather impressive, though my wife assures me they may not have been quite so sumptuous-looking or well-appointed inside. For example:
- In 1918, he also had a garden studio in Hietzing at Wattmanngasse 6
- In 1912 he occupied studios at Pfeilgasse 3 (1080 Vienna) and Höfergasse 18 (1090 Vienna)
- From 1908-1909 he had a home and studio at Kurzbauergasse 6 (1020 Vienna), later moving to Alserbachstraße 39 (1090 Vienna)
- 1910-1911 he lived at Grünbergstraße 31 (1120 Vienna – opposite the great park of Schönbrunn Palace)
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