Egon Schiele, Bildnis Wally Neuzil, 1912 © Leopold Museum, Inv. 453

Egon Schiele, Portrait of Wally Neuzil

1912

Most likely the best-known portrait of his partner Wally Neuzil, Egon Schiele painted this as a counterpart to his Self-Portrait with Chinese Lantern Plant. This harmoniously composed likeness shows Wally Neuzil with her slightly-lowered head, auburn hair, and oversized, bright blue eyes looking directly at the viewer. Particularly impressive are Schiele’s use of geometric shapes and the harmony of colors: orange and blue, white and black, red and green. The portrait exudes intimacy and tenderness, thus revealing the lovers’ closeness.

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