Kauernde. 1914. Drypoint. Kallir 6 b 3 (of c). One of 100 copies. On wove paper by Massimilianico (without watermark). 48 x 31,7 cm (18,8 x 12,4 in). Sheet: 66 x 48,2 cm (26 x 19,1 in). Inscribed "48/80" by a hand other than that of the artist. Very good impression from the edition posthumously publ ished by Avalun-Verlag, Vienna 1919.
The "Kauernde" (The Crouching) is Egon Schiele's largest and most important etching. The model, filling the sheet and place in a slightly diagonal position, turns her head towards the observer. The figure's slight turn adds a notion of dynamic and spatiality to the composition, which maintains a fascinating balance with the illustration's clear linearity. Schiele adds subtle erotic to the sheet by means of the rolled up shirt. [KH].