Egon Schiele was actually born in Tulln, a small town about 35 minutes by car from Vienna.
Though not always fond of Austria’s capital, Schiele’s name is still linked with the city: he studied in Vienna, died here, and produced some of his best works here, too.
This overview reveals where you can see Schiele’s paintings and where to find his former studios, grave, and other important landmarks.
- See also: Klimt in Vienna
All the relevant Schiele locations appear on this map:
Where to see Schiele’s works
The Leopold Museum owns the world’s most important Schiele collection, covering over 40 paintings and dozens of works on paper.
Many of these paintings, including Seated Male Nude and a Portrait of Wally Neuzil, appear in the Schiele galleries of the museum (within the wider Vienna 1900 permanent exhibition).
(Death and the Maiden. Photo courtesy of and © Belvedere, Wien. Reproduced with permission under the terms of Creative Commons License CC BY-SA 4.0.)
Most people associate the Belvedere art collections with Klimt, but the same permanent exhibition that features the famous Kiss also includes several works by Schiele, such as Death and the Maiden and The Embrace.
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.
Note that the Wien Museum closed for refurbishment recently with no concrete date for its reopening (assume 2022 or later).
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.
(A plaque on the wall marks the house where Schiele died)
Schiele passed away 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.
The grave is in the Ober St. Veit cemetery at Gemeindeberggasse 26 (1130 Vienna), where they buried Schiele 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.
(The lower part of Schiele’s gravestone)
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.
The same institution 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 has limited opening hours).
(Hietzinger Hauptstraße 101 – Schiele’s studio was up in the roof)
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). All are mostly rather impressive, though my wife assures me they may not have been quite so sumptuous-looking or well-appointed inside.
- From 1908-1909, Schiele had a home and studio at Kurzbauergasse 6 (1020 Vienna), later moving to Alserbachstraße 39 (1090 Vienna)
- He lived at Grünbergstraße 31 (1120 Vienna – opposite the great park of Schönbrunn Palace) across 1910-1911
- In 1912 he occupied studios at Pfeilgasse 3 (1080 Vienna) and Höfergasse 18 (1090 Vienna)
- In 1918, he also had a garden studio in Hietzing at Wattmanngasse 6
Tip: if you do potter around Hietzing, pop over to the Klimt Villa, location of Klimt’s last studio and now a museum.