Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele (1890-1918)

Egon Schiele studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Art from 1906 to 1909. From 1909 on, his paintings were presented in many exhibitions. During this Periode Schiele became friends with Gustav Klimt, who influenced his work very much. He combined an ornamental surface with an expressive style and vivid colors. Schiele’s style of painting, which included a lot of nudity and his frequent contact with minors, especially young girls even earned him a short sentence to prison in 1912.

It is also said, that he produced a lot of pornographic material, which he sold to collectors. From 1915 to 1918 he was called for duty in the army, where he served as a clerk and in 1917 he got married to Edith, a young girl from the neighborhood. In 1918 Schiele finally managed his break through to popularity with an exhibition and at the 49th Secession gallery.

In Vienna you can admire his major works at the Belvedere.

Famous work: collection of selfportraits; "Death and the Maiden" 1915-16

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