Portrait of Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele Painting Reproductions Gallery 1 of 3

1890-1918

Austrian Secession/Expressionist Painter

Egon Schiele (June 12, 1890 - October 31, 1918) was an Austrian painter, a protege of Gustav Klimt, and a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. Due to the highly-charged nature of his drawings and paintings and his premature death, Schiele has come to epitomise the popular image of the tortured artist.
Egon Schiele was born in Tulln on the Danube. His father, Adolf, worked for the Austrian State Railways as a station master; his mother, Marie, was from Krumau, in Bohemia. As a child, he attended the school run by the Stift Klosterneuburg, where his arts teacher K.L. Strauch recognized and supported Schiele's artistic talent.
When Schiele was 15 years old, his father died of syphilis, and he became a ward of his uncle (his mother's brother), who became distressed by Schiele's lack of interest in academic studies, yet recognised his passion and talent for art. In 1906 Schiele applied at Kunstgewerbeschule (the School of Arts and Crafts) in Vienna, where Gustav Klimt had once studied. Within his first year there, Schiele was sent, at the insistence of several faculty members, to the more traditional Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna in 1906. There, he studied painting and drawing, but was frustrated by the school’s conservatism. As records show that Adolf Hitler was rejected by the Akademie in 1907 this has led to a misconception that Schiele and Hitler knew each other in Vienna.
In 1907, Schiele sought out Gustav Klimt. Klimt encouraged younger artists, and he took an interest in the gifted young Schiele, buying his drawings, or offering to exchange them for some of his own, arranging models for him and introducing him to potential patrons.
He also introduced Schiele to the Wiener Werkstätte, the arts and crafts workshop connected with the Secession. In 1908 Schiele had his first exhibition, in Klosterneuburg. Schiele left the Academy in 1909, after completing his third year, and founded the Neukunstgruppe ("New Art Group") with other dissatisfied students.
Klimt invited Schiele to exhibit some of his work at the 1909 Vienna Kunstschau, where he encountered the work of Edvard Munch, Jan Toorop, and Vincent van Gogh among others. Once free of the constraints of the Academy's conventions, Schiele began to explore, not only the human form, but also human sexuality. At the time, many found the explicitness of his works appalling.
In 1911, Schiele met the seventeen-year-old Valerie (Wally) Neuzil, who lived with him in Vienna and served as model for some of his best paintings. Very little is known of her, except that she had previously modelled for Gustav Klimt, and might have been one of his mistresses. Schiele and Wally wanted to escape what they perceived as the claustrophobic Viennese milieu, and went to the small town of Český Krumlov (Krumau) in southern Bohemia (the place where Schiele's mother was born, and nowadays the site of a museum dedicated to Schiele). Despite Schiele's family connections in Krumau, he and his lover were driven out of the town by the residents, who strongly disapproved of their lifestyle, including his alleged employment of the town's teenage girls as models.
Together they moved to Neulengbach, 35 km west of Vienna, seeking inspirational surroundings and an inexpensive studio in which to work. As it was in the capital, Schiele's studio became a gathering place for Neulengbach's delinquent children. Schiele's way of life aroused much animosity among the town's inhabitants, and in April 1912 he was arrested for seducing a young girl below the age of consent.
When they came to his studio to place him under arrest, the police seized more than a hundred drawings which they considered pornographic. Schiele was imprisoned while awaiting his trial. When his case was brought before a judge, the charges of seduction and abduction were dropped, but the artist was found guilty of exhibiting erotic drawings in a place accessible to children. The twenty-one days he had already spent in custody were taken into account, and he was sentenced to only three days' imprisonment.
In 1915, Schiele met sisters Edith and Adéle Harms, who lived with their parents across the street from his studio. They were a middle-class family; their father was a master locksmith. By April, Schiele and Edith were engaged, and the faithful Vallie was coldly dismissed by Schiele. Against her family's wishes, Schiele and Edith were married in June 1915.
In spite of World War I, Schiele was able to pursue his artistic endeavors. His output was prolific, and his work reflected the maturity of an artist in full command of his talents. He was invited to participate in the Secession's 49th exhibition, held in Vienna in 1918. Schiele had fifty works accepted into the exhibition, and they were displayed in the main hall. He also designed a poster for the exhibition, which was reminiscent of the Last Supper, with a portrait of himself in the place of Christ. The show was a triumphant success, and as a result, prices for Schiele's drawings increased and he received many portrait commissions. During the same year, he also had successful shows in Zürich, Prague, and Dresden.
Schiele participated in numerous group exhibitions, including those of the Neukunstgruppe in Prague in 1910 and Budapest in 1912; the Sonderbund, Cologne, in 1912; and several Secession shows in Munich, beginning in 1911. In 1913, the Galerie Hans Goltz, Munich, mounted Schiele's first solo show. A solo exhibition of his work took place in Paris in 1914.
In the autumn of 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic that claimed more than 20,000,000 lives in Europe reached Vienna. Edith, 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. During the three days between their deaths, Schiele drew a few sketches of Edith; these were his last works.

66 Schiele Paintings

Death and the Maiden, 1915 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Death and the Maiden 1915

Oil Painting
$1511
Canvas Print
$61.86
SKU: SCE-2677
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 150 x 180 cm
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Agony, 1912 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Agony 1912

Oil Painting
$1314
SKU: SCE-2678
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 70 x 80 cm
Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

The Family, 1918 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

The Family 1918

Oil Painting
$1369
Canvas Print
$69.62
SKU: SCE-2679
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 150 x 160.8 cm
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Four Trees, 1917 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Four Trees 1917

Oil Painting
$863
Canvas Print
$58.11
SKU: SCE-16771
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 110.5 x 141 cm
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Self-Portrait with Physalis, 1912 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Self-Portrait with Physalis 1912

Oil Painting
$664
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: SCE-17216
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 32.2 x 39.8 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

The Embrace, 1917 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

The Embrace 1917

Oil Painting
$1257
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: SCE-17217
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 100 x 170 cm
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Mother with Two Children, c.1915/17 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Mother with Two Children c.1915/17

Oil Painting
$1096
Canvas Print
$70.69
SKU: SCE-17218
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 150 x 159.8 cm
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Dr. Hugo Koller, 1918 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Dr. Hugo Koller 1918

Oil Painting
$1301
Canvas Print
$57.57
SKU: SCE-17219
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 140.3 x 110 cm
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Edith Schiele, 1918 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Edith Schiele 1918

Oil Painting
$1075
Canvas Print
$56.77
SKU: SCE-17220
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 139.8 x 109.8 cm
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Double Portrait of Otto and Heinrich Benesch, 1913 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Double Portrait of Otto and Heinrich Benesch 1913

Oil Painting
$1235
Canvas Print
$68.29
SKU: SCE-17221
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 121 x 139 cm
Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria

Blind Mother, 1914 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Blind Mother 1914

Oil Painting
$971
Canvas Print
$61.05
SKU: SCE-17222
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 99 x 120 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait), 1910 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait) 1910

Oil Painting
$873
Canvas Print
$72.03
SKU: SCE-17223
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 152.5 x 150 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Cardinal and Nun (Caress), 1912 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Cardinal and Nun (Caress) 1912

Oil Painting
$849
Canvas Print
$63.73
SKU: SCE-17224
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 70 x 80.5 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Reclining Woman, 1917 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Reclining Woman 1917

Oil Painting
$1366
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: SCE-17225
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 96 x 171 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

The Hermits, 1912 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

The Hermits 1912

Oil Painting
$1129
Canvas Print
$73.64
SKU: SCE-17226
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 181 x 181 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Levitation (The Blind II), 1915 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Levitation (The Blind II) 1915

Oil Painting
$1561
Canvas Print
$62.52
SKU: SCE-17227
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 200 x 172 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Crescent of Houses II (Island Town), 1915 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Crescent of Houses II (Island Town) 1915

Oil Painting
$884
Canvas Print
$57.71
SKU: SCE-17228
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 110.5 x 140.5 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Houses by the Sea (Row of Houses), 1914 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Houses by the Sea (Row of Houses) 1914

Oil Painting
$868
Canvas Print
$60.78
SKU: SCE-17229
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 99.5 x 119.7 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Setting Sun, 1913 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Setting Sun 1913

Oil Painting
$786
Canvas Print
$73.10
SKU: SCE-17230
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 90 x 90.5 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Stein on the Danube II, 1913 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Stein on the Danube II 1913

Oil Painting
$771
Canvas Print
$73.64
SKU: SCE-17231
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 91.5 x 91.5 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Autumn Tree in Stirred Air (Winter Tree), 1912 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Autumn Tree in Stirred Air (Winter Tree) 1912

Oil Painting
$701
Canvas Print
$73.37
SKU: SCE-17232
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 80 x 80.5 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Dead Mother I, 1910 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Dead Mother I 1910

Oil Painting
$628
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: SCE-17233
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 32 x 25.7 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Chrysanthemums, 1910 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Chrysanthemums 1910

Oil Painting
$838
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: SCE-17234
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 61 x 92 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Leaning Woman in Underwear, 1917 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Leaning Woman in Underwear 1917

Paper Print
$46.27
SKU: SCE-17235
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 29 x 45.3 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

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