Schiele was a prolific draftsman who at times created an average of a drawing a day. When he died at the age of twenty-eight during the 1918 influenza pandemic, he left behind about three thousand watercolors and drawings. Klimt was an important influence on Schiele, helping him to move away from the conventionality of his academic training. In Schiele's early drawings, often of female subjects, forms are defined by simple contour lines, with no shading and little articulation of volume. The pose and self-confidence of Schiele's models are also in keeping with Klimt's depictions of women. In this transitional drawing, the sitter's bold, patterned dress collar recalls Klimt's rich decorative patterns.
Seated Woman with Clasped Hands
Graphite pencil on wove paper.
15 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches (40.2 x 30 cm)
Bequest of Fred Ebb.
Wolfgang Gurlitt (1888-1965), Berlin; Galleria Galatea, Turin; Marlborough Fine art Ltd., London; from which acquired by Fred Ebb, New York, during the 1960s.