Karl Mayländer

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Portrait of Karl Maylander, Egon Schiele, 1917.

Karl Mayländer (died early 1940s) was a Jewish businessman and art collector who was deported from Vienna to Łódź, in German-occupied Poland, by the Nazis during the Second World War and later died in the Holocaust.

Mayländer was an art collector and critic who was a member of the board of the Volksheim Ottakring (later the Volkshochschule Ottakring), an adult education school which also hosted art exhibitions. Mayländer acquired the work of many young Austrian artists, including many drawings by Egon Schiele whom he knew personally.[1]

Art by Schiele owned by Mayländer has been the subject of restitution claims by his descendant in New York, Eva Zirkl, and in 2016 the Leopold Museum in Vienna agreed to return two watercolour paintings by Schiele to Zirkl.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ Egon Schiele: The Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky collections. Prestel Publishing, 2005. p. 119.
  2. ^ Austrian museum returns Nazi plundered artwork. The Local/AFP, 7 April 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  3. ^ Five Schiele Watercolors – Leopold Museum and Eva Zirkl. Art-Law Centre, University of Geneva. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  4. ^ Leopold Museum returns two Schiele drawings to New York heir. The Art Newspaper, 7 April 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  5. ^ Egon Schiele Works to Be Returned to Descendant of Holocaust Victim. ArtsBeat, The New York Times, 7 April 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2017.

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