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Art and Images in Psychiatry |

The Family (Squatting Couple)

James C. Harris, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2004;61(9):864. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.61.9.864.
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In 1918, more than 20 million people died worldwide in a global influenzapandemic; the "Spanish flu" killed more than 3 times the number of peoplekilled in World War I. Among those who died was one of the most outstandingAustrian Expressionists of the era, 28-year-old Egon Schiele, and his wife,Edith. Schiele died at the home of his mother-in-law on November 1, 1918,at 1 AM,1(p187) during the secondand most lethal wave of the epidemic. He was exposed while caring for Edith,who had contracted the flu at a local market and died just 3 days before him.At the time of her death, she was 6 months pregnant with their first child.

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Egon Schiele (1890-1918), Austrian. The Family (Squatting Couple), 1918. Oil on canvas; 60 × 64 in (152.5 × 162.5 cm). Courtesyof the Österreichische Galerie, Vienna, Austria/Bridgeman Art Library.

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