Egon Schiele’s Portrait of the Artist’s Wife Seated, Holding Her Right Leg is a drawing created in 1917 using watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper. The dimensions of the artwork are 18 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches. The painting can be found in the Morgan Library and Museum’s collection.
The painting depicts Schiele’s wife, Edith Harms seated while holding her right leg. This work is considered one of his famous pieces where he portrays his wife nude as she sits in a relaxed position. Schiele was an Austrian Expressionist painter who focused on sexuality and emotional honesty portraying fragment bodies with vivid use of colors.
Despite this fame, both Schiele and Harms died during the Spanish flu epidemic. However, Portrait of the Artist’s Wife Seated continues to be reproduced today showcasing Schiele’s powerful expressionism style that revolutionized art during his time.