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Happy Birthday Egon Schiele!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , , , on June 12, 2011 by echostains


Today is the birthday of Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele (b. 1890 – 1918).  Schiele was a protégé of Gustave Klimt and is also associated with the art nouveau movement.  His expressive use of line indicates his substantial  talent.   Shieles’ figures are often twisted and distorted.  They are sinewy, sexually posed and very often disturbing. 


Schiele attended the Vienna School of Art and Crafts (Kunstgewerbeschule) where Gustave Klimt had also studied.  After a year, and at his relative’s insistence, he then moved onto the more traditional Akademie der Bildenden Künste  where  he studied drawing and painting.


Gustave Klimt took a lot of interest in Schiele, mentoring him  and even buying some of his drawings.  Klimt appreciated Schiele’s talent and  took the young artist under his wing,, securing him patrons and introducing him to the arts and crafts workshop (Wiener Werkstätte,) who were connected with the Secession


In 1909, under Klimt guidance, Schiele exhibited at the Vienna Kunstschau.  There he was to encounter the works of Vincent Van Gogh and Edvard Munch who also exhibited.  Schiele’s work explored the human form and sexuality, which is often very explicit in some of his work.  The artist himself was often the centre of controversy over his involvement with his young models.  His favorite model was 17-year-old Valerie Neuzil (known as Wally) and she features heavily in his work.


Schiele’s led a very chequered life – and  was even imprisoned briefly for using underage models.  In time he married a ‘suitable’ and more socially acceptable bride than poor Wally.  In World War 1 he was stationed in Prague were he drew and painted whilst guarding the Russian prisoners of war.   In 1918 he took part in the Secession’s 49th exhibition in Vienna, where he also designed a poster for the event, as well as exhibiting 50 works.  The success of this show was to elevate Schiele’s work, increasing its  popularity and its price.  Schiele died a tragic death three days after his pregnant wife in the autumn of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic.  He was only 28 years old.


More detail of Schiele’s life can be found here

All images from with thanks!

Art I LOVE -Egon Schiele

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , on August 24, 2010 by echostains

Seated woman with bent knee

Austrian expressionist artist Egon Schiele b.1890 Tuln Austria was the first artist I researched when I was at University.  Doing lots of Life drawing and looking round to see which sort of art influenced me his work soon caught my eye.  Like many art students I bought the series of Taschen art books that were and still are  available.  I still have these books, they are excellent resources – and I have nearly all of them!  The books are so informative, the illustrations so clear and colourful, and very reasonably priced.

The Scornful Woman

I have meant to write about this artist for quite a while.  One of his paintings, stolen by the Nazis and in the centre of a 12 year dispute was reported in this article today.  It makes interesting reading.

As a child Schiele was not academically inclined but his uncle, who became his guardian recognised his talent for art and sent him to the Vienna Academy of Fine arts when he was 16.  He became a good friend of Gustave Klimt whose work influenced and inspired him.  Schiele explored sexuality through the human form, using expressionistic body shapes in twisting and contorted positions.

standing male nude with red loincloth

When Shciele moved to Neulengbach he was arrested and jailed briefly for seducing an underage girl.  The artist seems to have courted controversy throughout his life style through his art his lifestyle and his choice of young models.  He did serve in World War 1 and was well respected as an artist, though he never saw any fighting.  He continued his career after the war and exhibited  50 works for the 49th Secession exhibition in Vienna 1917.  He died of the Spanish epidemic in 1918, he was only 28 years old.  I often wonder what sort of art he would have produced if he had lived longer.  He was a prolific worker and has left us a legacy of his fine work.

All images from the Egon Shiele excellent website  Here

Mini biography of this artist here