Edith Schiele (Harms)

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Edith Schiele (Harms)

Birthplace: Hietzing, Vídeň, Vídeň, Dolní Rakousy, Rakousko - Uhersko
Death: October 28, 1918 (25)
Vídeň, Vídeň, Dolní Rakousy, Rakousko - Uhersko (španělská chřipka)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Johann Harms and Josefa Harms
Wife of Egon Leo Adolf Ludwig Schiele
Sister of Adele Harms and Adele Harms

Managed by: Malka Mysels
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About Edith Schiele (Harms)

In 1914, Schiele glimpsed the sisters Edith and Adéle Harms, who lived with their parents across the street from his studio in the Viennese suburb of Hietzing, 101 Hietzinger Hauptstrasse. They were a middle-class family and Protestant by faith; their father was a master locksmith.

In 1915, Schiele chose to marry the more socially acceptable Edith, but had apparently expected to maintain a relationship with Wally. However, when he explained the situation to Wally, she left him immediately and never saw him again. This abandonment led him to paint Death and the Maiden, where Wally's portrait is based on a previous pairing, but Schiele's is newly struck.

(In February 1915, Schiele wrote a note to his friend Arthur Roessler (de) stating: "I intend to get married, advantageously. Not to Wally.") Despite some opposition from the Harms family, Schiele and Edith were married on 17 June 1915, the anniversary of the wedding of Schiele's parents.

In the autumn of 1918, the Spanish flu pandemic that claimed more than 20,000,000 lives in Europe reached Vienna. Edith, who was six months pregnant, succumbed to the disease on 28 October. Schiele died only three days later. He was 28 years old. During the three days between their deaths, Schiele drew a few sketches of Edith; these were his last works.


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Edith Schiele (Harms)'s Timeline

March 4, 1893
Hietzing, Vídeň, Vídeň, Dolní Rakousy, Rakousko - Uhersko
October 28, 1918
Age 25
Vídeň, Vídeň, Dolní Rakousy, Rakousko - Uhersko