Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele was a uniquely expressive portrait painter from the early 20th century

Austrian Schiele produced portrait sketches and paintings of an erotic nature which was bold for this period of art, although he also captured several stunning landscapes during his short career too.

Gustav Klimt shared a close relationship with Egon and the two held similar views with regards art and the way in which it should reflect emotion, love and sexual desire.

Klimt and Schiele both produced drawings with blended, intertwined limbs and bodies as well as twisted shapes to make use of their highly expressive approaches. There were standard portraits, but many more that were not.

Seated Female Nude with Raised Right Arm, Seated Woman with Bent Knee, Standing Male Nude with Red Loincloth and Umarmung (Embrace) are four of the most famous drawings from Schiele, although many more are discussed in EgonSchiele.net. There is also a paintings section that includes landscape paintings such as Four Trees and Setting Sun.

Egon was a creative artist from an early age who wanted to experiment with new ideas rather than follow what had gone before. The early training that he received was too restrictive and he left as a result in order to avoid having his style becoming too mainstream and conservative.

Klimt's provided help and assistance to Schiele in the early part of his career, buying some of his drawings and encouraging him where ever he could to continue along the route that he was taking. Klimt himself was tutoring many young artists at that time, but took a particular interest in Egon as he felt he possessed particular raw talent and artistic potential.

The eroticism of much of the artist's work was eventually to see him imprisoned for a short period, underlining just how controversial the work of artists like Schiele and Klimt was at that time.

Four Trees

Four Trees (Vier Bäume) focuses the eye on a stunning sun sitting behind mountains in the background of the painting, whilst trees dot evenly across the foreground of this landscape painting.

The contrast between brightness and darkness in this artwork have made it popular for Egon Schiele fans, and it has become one of the most reproduced of all paintings from his short but productive career.

There has been some discussion that the varying conditions of the trees symbolise the healthy approach of being on the outside of society as opposed to following a more mainstream, conservative route through life.

Whilst this painting remains Schiele's most famous landscape painting, other notable contributions included Yellow City, House with Shingles and Setting Sun.

Setting Sun

Setting Sun

Seated Woman

Seated Woman

Standing Male Nude

Standing Male Nude

Yellow City

Yellow City

House with Shingles

House with Shingles

Seated Female Nude

Seated Female Nude

Embrace

Embrace

Sezessionsplakat

Sezessionsplakat

Woman with Long Hair

Woman with Long Hair

List of Famous Egon Schiele Artwork

A selection of some of the better known Egon Schiele artworks can be found below. Those with their specific pages in this website are also linked to from here. The artworks here tend to be full-scale paintings or pencil drawings, which were the artist's main two mediums.

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