Egon Schiele

In Artist/Filmmaker/Writer on December 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Egon Schiele

1890, Tulln- 1918, Vienna

Egon Schiele was an Austrian Expressionist painter and draftsman. His major stylistic influence was drawn from Gustav Klimt, as well from the ARts and Crafts movement. He focused on the human body as his principal subject, producing higyly erotic images of male and female nudes. During his very short artistic life, Schiele established a controversial reputation. He was even briefly imprisoned for creating works that portrayed sexual images of very young female models, considered obscene. The artist was also an accomplished portrait painter, especially successful in the production of numerous self-portraits. His works were deeply personal revelations of internal psychological turmoil and provided a glimpse into the artist’s inner world, which was fraught with tragic loneliness and unfulfilled desire. The inspired rawness and tormented honesty of his painting shocked contemporary audiences. Schiele’s short, tumultuous life has come to epitomize him as a tortured artists.

– Art_A World History by Elke Linda Buchholz, Gerhard Buchler, Karoline Hille, Susanne Kaeppele, and Irina Stotland

I didn’t like Egon Schiele’s works when I was little. To me, the mode of his painting was so gloomy, depressed, and sad. However, these days, I really enjoyed looking his works because his style is so unique and now I can understand the beauty of his works. His usage of line and color is exclusive, and I love his composition too.


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