Left: Egon Schiele, "Sitting Nude" (1910). Private collection
Back in 2012, Callier came to the conclusion for the first time that not Schiele himself was the target of the “Red Men”. “Taking into account postures and positions from the back and from above, different degrees of bends and folds, he could not draw these works and pose for them at the same time,” she said, adding that the artist always wrote from life.
At that time, Schiele had two close friends - gay Max Oppenheimer and bisexual Erwin Osen. Callier is not sure about the exact nature of the artist's relationship with these men, although her research suggests that he had homosexual experience in the summer of 1910, when Schiele was 19 years old.
Egon Schiele, "Sitting Nude, Rear View" (1910). Private collection
Schiele's legacy has always bore the imprint of sexual disobedience - and indecency. In 1912, the artist was turned in the rape of minors. The suspicions were lifted after an investigation, but the police found that some nude drawings were seen by minors in the Schiele workshop. He was convicted of violating morality.
Callier herself found no signs of sexual contact between the painter and the girl. However, since judicial records have not been preserved, researchers have to rely on fragmentary information.
Based on artnet News