Portrait of Egon Schiele

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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 Paintings of Schiele

Crouching Woman with Green Headscarf, 1914 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Crouching Woman with Green Headscarf 1914

Paper Print
$42.80
SKU: SCE-17236
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 47 x 41 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Crouching Nude Girl, 1914 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Crouching Nude Girl 1914

Paper Print
$42.80
SKU: SCE-17237
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 31.3 x 48.2 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Moa, 1911 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Moa 1911

Paper Print
$42.80
SKU: SCE-17238
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 47.8 x 31.5 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

The Small City IV, 1914 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

The Small City IV 1914

Oil Painting
$736
Canvas Print
$56.10
SKU: SCE-17239
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 99.7 x 120.7 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Houses with Laundry (Vorstadt - Suburb II), 1914 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Houses with Laundry (Vorstadt - Suburb II) 1914

Oil Painting
$841
Canvas Print
$56.60
SKU: SCE-17240
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 100 x 120 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Portrait of Painter Karl Zakovsek, 1910 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Painter Karl Zakovsek 1910

Oil Painting
$757
Canvas Print
$60.07
SKU: SCE-17241
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 100 x 89.8 cm
Private Collection

The Poet (Self-Portrait), 1911 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

The Poet (Self-Portrait) 1911

Oil Painting
$663
Canvas Print
$67.12
SKU: SCE-17242
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 80 x 79.7 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Portrait Arthur Roessler, 1910 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Portrait Arthur Roessler 1910

Oil Painting
$792
Canvas Print
$67.62
SKU: SCE-17243
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 99.6 x 99.8 cm
Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria

Mother and Child II, 1912 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Mother and Child II 1912

Oil Painting
$611
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: SCE-17244
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 36.6 x 29.3 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

House with Drying Laundry, 1917 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

House with Drying Laundry 1917

Oil Painting
$866
Canvas Print
$52.27
SKU: SCE-17245
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 110 x 140.4 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Yellow Town, 1914 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Yellow Town 1914

Oil Painting
$857
Canvas Print
$52.64
SKU: SCE-17246
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 110 x 140 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of Karl Gruenwald, 1917 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Karl Gruenwald 1917

Oil Painting
$900
Canvas Print
$52.39
SKU: SCE-17247
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 140.7 x 110.2 cm
Private Collection

Shrines in the Wood, 1915 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Shrines in the Wood 1915

Oil Painting
$870
Canvas Print
$56.47
SKU: SCE-17248
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 100 x 120.5 cm
Private Collection

Krumau - Crescent of Houses (The Small City V), 1915 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Krumau - Crescent of Houses (The Small City V) 1915

Oil Painting
$810
Canvas Print
$52.88
SKU: SCE-17249
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 109.7 x 140 cm
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Self-Portrait with Bent Head, 1912 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Self-Portrait with Bent Head 1912

Oil Painting
$569
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: SCE-17250
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 42.2 x 33.7 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Self-Portrait with Spread Fingers, 1911 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Self-Portrait with Spread Fingers 1911

Oil Painting
$578
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: SCE-17251
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 27.5 x 34 cm
Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria

Portrait of Wally, 1912 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Wally 1912

Oil Painting
$620
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: SCE-17252
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 32.7 x 39.8 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

Small Town (III), 1913 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Small Town (III) 1913

Oil Painting
$856
Canvas Print
$66.13
SKU: SCE-17253
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 98.5 x 90.5 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of Edith Schiele, 1915 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Edith Schiele 1915

Oil Painting
$1268
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: SCE-17254
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 180 x 110 cm
Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands

Portrait of Paris von Gütersloh, 1918 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Paris von Gütersloh 1918

Oil Painting
$894
Canvas Print
$53.38
SKU: SCE-17255
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 140 x 110.3 cm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, USA

Seated Woman with Bent Knees, 1917 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Seated Woman with Bent Knees 1917

Paper Print
$42.80
SKU: SCE-17256
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 46 x 30.5 cm
Narodni Galerie, Prague, Czech Republic

Portrait of Johann Harms, 1916 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Johann Harms 1916

Oil Painting
$882
Canvas Print
$53.25
SKU: SCE-17257
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 141 x 110.8 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

Stylized Flower on a Decorative Background, 1908 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

Stylized Flower on a Decorative Background 1908

Oil Painting
$526
Canvas Print
$68.12
SKU: SCE-17258
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 65.5 x 65.5 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

House with Shingle Roof (Old House II), 1915 by Schiele | Painting Reproduction

House with Shingle Roof (Old House II) 1915

Oil Painting
$1154
Canvas Print
$52.64
SKU: SCE-17259
Egon Schiele
Original Size: 110 x 140 cm
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

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