Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Schiele, Egon

Sitting Woman with Legs Drawn Up (The Artist's Wife)
Gouache and black chalk
460 x 305 mm
Národni Gallery, Prague

Austrian expressionist artist Egon Leo Adolf Schiele (1890 - 1918).
Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. His work is noted for its intensity.
He was at odds with art critics and society for most of his brief life. Even more than Gustav Klimt (at first strongly influenced by Klimt), Schiele made eroticism one of his major themes and was briefly imprisoned for obscenity in 1912.
His treatment of the nude figure suggests a lonely, tormented spirit haunted rather than fulfilled by sexuality.
"Life is a disease that leads to death." "Art can not be modern, art is primordially eternal."