Despite Schiele's shocking reputation for explicit and sexual artwork, Edith eventually married Schiele in 1915. Schiele had described the marriage as "advantageous" as Edith was pretty and came from a respectable bourgeois family.
Initially Schiele thought he would continue to see his muse and model, Wally Neuzil after the marriage, but neither Wally nor Edith shared his view.
In the years following his marriage and the departure of his muse Wally, who had modelled for both Schiele and his mentor Gustave Klimtz, Schiele's work lost some of the more erotic and explicit sexuality.
Edith was convent educated and didn't particularly like posing for Schiele. Their marriage was not particularly easy either. There is a similar portrait of her sister Adele, in a black and white striped dress and it is not clear whether Schiele had a relationship with her too.
Here, in this particular image of Edith Schiele, however, we start to see tenderness appear within the emotional range of Schiele's work. There is still some evidence of the mastery of his line drawing which appears in this portrait but what is clear is that Schiele seems to have captured Edith's very thoughts at that moment.
She has an air of innocence and almost sadness in the pose, in contrast to his portrait of "Edith Schiele Standing in a Striped Dress" which her family felt portrayed her as looking foolish.
Egon Schiele died 3 days after his wife, Edith Schiele. He died from Spanish flu on the day of her funeral. Despite such a short career Schiele's work had a major impact on the artworld and his influence remains today.