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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Egon Schiele, Austrian (Tulln, Austria 1890 - 1918 Vienna, Austria)
The Friends (Study for the Poster for the 49th Exhibition of the Vienna Secession)
Other Titles
Alternate Title: The Friends (Round Table), Small
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Gouache, black crayon, black ink, graphite traces, and collage element on tan wove paper, mounted to card
65.7 x 50.7 cm
image panel, mounted: 45.8 x 50.7 cm
text panel, mounted: 19.9 x 50.7 cm (7 13/16 x 19 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: in black crayon at l.r.: EGON/SCHIELE/1918
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Gabriele Geier in memory of Paul E. Geier and his Friends in the Class of 1936 on the Occasion of their 60th Reunion
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Drawing and text panel are separate sheets: drawing is gouache and black crayon, 45.8 x 50.7 cm; text panel is black ink and graphite on card with collaged element, 19.9 x 50.7 cm, separately mounted; inscribed: Secession 49. Ausstellung 9-6 1K-.
Publication History

Jane Kallir, Egon Schiele, The Complete Works: Including a Biography and a Catalogue Raisonne, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1990), p. 343, cat. 325

James Cuno, ed., A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions by the Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, Mass., Spring 2000), pp. 110-111, ill. (color)

Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 176

Dr. Tobias G. Natter, ed., Egon Schiele: The Complete Paintings 1909-1918, Taschen (Cologne, 2017), pp. 352-353, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Dream and Design: Turn-of-the-Century Art in Vienna and Central Europe, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 03/07/1992 - 05/03/1992

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions from the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Central and Northern Art and Design from 1880 to the Present, Harvard University Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 04/19/2000 - 07/09/2000

32Q: 1440 Secessionism: Munich, Vienna, Berlin (Expressionism), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/06/2015 - 10/22/2015

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