Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918)

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Schiele, Self-Portrait

1912 Oil on Canvas 32.2 x 39.8 cm 

Egon Schiele was an influential, figurative painter from Tulln, Vienna. While Schiele developed his own highly distinguished style, the influence of his teacher, Gustav Klimt, can be recognized in his work.

Schiele,  Sitting Woman

Sitting Woman
1914 Watercolor on Paper 48.3 x 32 cm

Schiele recognized his interest in art at an early age and in 1906, he enrolled at the Kunstgewerbeschule. During his first year of study, Schiele was sent to a more traditional school known as the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste. In 1907 Schiele began to be mentored by Klimt, who was already an established and well-recognized painter. Klimt introduced Schiele to local art and crafts workshop and helped him set up a network of patrons.

Schiele, The Little City

The Little City
1912 Oil on Canvas 89.5 x 90.5 cm

Schiele, Death and the Woman

Death and the Woman
1915 Oil on Canvas 150.5 x 180 cm

By 1908 Schiele had his first exhibition in Klosterneuburg. The following year Schiele left the Academy and started Neukunstgruppe “New Art Group”. Outside of the Academy Schiele began to expand on human anatomy and explore sexuality. The sexual content of Schiele’s work often caused controversy among conservative critics.

Schiele, Portrait of Johann Harms

Portrait of Johann Harms
1916 Oil with Wax on Canvas 141 x 110.8

Schiele, Seated Woman, Back View

Seated Woman, Back View
1917 Watercolor, gouache, pencil 46.4 x 29.8 cm

In 1909 Klimt invited Schiele to participate in the Vienna Kunstschau among such artists as Edvard Munch and Jan Toorop and Vincent Van Gogh. In 1911 Schiele began to live with one of his models, Valerie (Wally) Neuzil. The couple moved to a small town in Bohemia where his mother had been born. Schiele was not well received in the small community and again relocated to Neulengbach, outside of Vienna. In Neulengbach, law enforcers saw Schiele’s work as pornographic and arrested him, detaining him in prison for nearly one month. In prison Schiele painted a series of pieces related to his experiences.

Schiele,  Standing Girl, Back View

Standing Girl, Back View
1908 Gouache, watercolor, pencil 31.4 x 23.2 cm

Schiele, Crouching Nude in Shoes and Black Stockings, Back View

Crouching Nude in Shoes and Black Stockings, Back View
1912 Watercolor, gouache, pencil 48.9 x 32.1 cm

In 1915 Schiele decided to marry Edith Harms, a woman from a socially accepted family. Shortly after his marriage Schiele was called to military duty and was stationed in Prague guarding Russian prisoners. By 1917 Schiele returned to Vienna and returned his focus to painting. Schiele produced an impressive body of work and was invited to participate Secession’s 49th exhibit in Vienna. From this point on Schiele received numerous show invitations and commissions. Schiele exhibited in Zurich, Prague, Budapest, Munich, Paris and Cologne.

Schiele,  Self-Portrait

1911 Watercolor, gouache, pencil 51.4 x 34.9 cm

Schiele,  Street Cart

Street Cart
1914 Watercolor, gouache, pencil on paper 31.4 x 47.9 cm

Schiele, Two Reclining Nudes

Two Reclining Nudes
1911 Watercolor and pencil on Paper 56.5 x 36.8 cm

In 1918 Schiele’s life was cut short by the Spanish flu, which also took the life of his pregnant wife. Schiele was only twenty-eight years old at the time of his death. While Schiele did not live a long life his legacy has kept his spirit alive. Schiele’s paintings are now in museums and collections in Vienna and around the world.

Schiele, Standing Nude with Orange Drapery

Standing Nude with Orange Drapery
1914 Watercolor, gouache, pencil on paper 46.5 x 30.5 cm

Schiele, Standing Nude in Black Stockings

Standing Nude in Black Stockings
1917 Watercolor and charcoal on paper 46 x 29.5cm

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