4 November 2018 – 3 February 2019
2018 marks the centenary of the deaths of two celebrated figures of twentieth century art: Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) and Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918). Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna , will be the first exhibition in the United Kingdom to focus exclusively upon the fundamental importance of drawing in the relationship between Austria’s two most famous artists.
The exhibition will comprise around 100 unique works on paper by Klimt and Schiele, including sketches for allegorical paintings, landscapes, portraits, nudes and erotic drawings as well as examples of sketchbooks, graphic designs, lithographs and photographs. These rarely loaned works are all drawn from the exceptional holdings of the Albertina’s world - renowned collection, and, following the exhibition at the RA, due to their sensitivity to light, they will not be loaned again for many years.
Gustav Klimt, Embracing Couple, 1901.
(Study for ‘This Kiss to the Entire World; Beethoven Frieze’).
Black chalk. 45 x 30.8 cm. The Albertina Museum, Vienna.
Egon Schiele, The Cello Player, 1910.
Black chalk, watercolour on packing paper. 44.7 x 31.2 cm. The Albertina Museum, Vienna.
Gustav Klimt, Preliminary Drawing for 'Allegory of Sculpture', 1889.
Graphite, blue pencil, heightened with gold. 44 x 30 cm. The Albertina Museum, Vienna.
Egon Schiele, Standing Female Nude from the Waist Down with Green Garment, 1913.
Pencil, watercolour, gouache on primed Japan paper. 48 x 31.5 cm. The Albertina Museum, Vienna.
Egon Schiele, Seated Female Nude, Elbows Resting on Right Knee (detail), 1914.
Pencil, gouache on Japan paper. 48 x 32 cm. The Albertina Museum, Vienna.