Egon Schiele

 

Artist Biography:

Egon Schiele was an Austrian painter. He was born in 1890 and sadly passed away at the young age of 28 in 1918. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. His work is noted for its intensity, and the many self-portraits the artist produced. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that characterize Schiele‚Äôs paintings and drawings mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism. His life was cut short when he died of the Spanish influenza at just 28 years old; his pregnant wife died of the same illness a mere three days later. Despite his short life Schiele had a major influence on Modernist figurative painting. Notorious during his time for his bold portrayals of human sexuality, Schiele has remained a subject of fascination and controversy to this day.

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