Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Schiele, Egon

Death and the Woman (Death and the Maiden)
Oil on canvas
150.5 × 180 cm
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Wien (Austria Gallery Belvedere)

Self Portrait
46.5 × 31.5 cm
Pencil, watercolor, tempera 
private collection

Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918) was an Austrian painter, and a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. He was at odds with art critics and society for most of his brief life.
Schiele's body of work is noted for the intensity and the large number of self-portraits he produced. The twisted body shapes that characterize Schiele's paintings and drawings make the artist a notable exponent of Expressionism.

In the autumn of 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic reached Vienna. Edith (his wife), who was six months pregnant, succumbed to the disease on 28 October. Schiele died only three days after his wife. He was 28 years old.