Egon Schiele’s nude portraits of women and children remain provocative to this day. In the Vienna of 1912 they landed him in prison. But who were the girls and women who modeled for him? How did they live, and what was their relation to the eccentric young artist who died of Spanish influenza in 1918 at the age of barely twenty-eight?
Hilde Berger was deeply involved in the 1970s as an actor in the development of the avant-garde theater scene in Vienna. Today she lives in Retz and Berlin and writes filmscripts. Her novel Is Such Love Hate? Oskar Kokoschka and Alma Mahler appeared in 1999, followed in 2009 by the first edition (now out of print) of her novel Death and the Maiden – Egon Schiele and Women.