Sunday Matinée

This week my favourite artist of all time: Mr. Egon Schiele.

Egon Schiele, undated, Dorotheum

He came to mind this morning, because another pandemic virus ended his genius life in 1918: the Spanish Flu. He became only 28. Egon Schiele was – along with Oscar Kokoschka and Gustv Klimt – a main artist of the Viennese Modernism at the early 20th century, leading into expressionism.

I adore his work since almost childhood. Not so much the – often raw and explicit – nudes, he is mostly known for. But the more descriptive land- and seascapes, portraits and self-portraits.

Apart from the sheer mastery of form and colour – noone else is able to depict emotions better than Mr. Schiele, in my humble opinion. Just imagine, what an oevre he could have created, had he ever gotten a chance to grow old.

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The Family, Egon Schiele 1918, Belvedere, Vienna
Triest Harbour, Egon Schiele, 1907, Private Ownership
Child, sitting – Egon Schiele, 1918, Private Ownership
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Dr. Hugo Koller – Egon Schiele, 1918, Belvedere, Vienna
Suburb II – Houses with Colourful Washing – Egon Schiele, 1914, Private Ownership
Self-Portrait with Striped Shirt – Egon Schiele, 1910, Leopold Museum, Vienna

All pictures public domain, retrieved from wikipedia.



3 thoughts on “Sunday Matinée

  1. I don’t think you ever told me that Schiele was your “favorite artist of all time”. I love the landscape stuff, but his portraits (the nude ones) always seem painful to me. Though, I agree with Joan about the man surrounded by books.

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    1. I agee wit hthe nudes – they are very twisted, to say the least. But one has to keep in mind: the guy never got any older than 28. Which man (or human) has a truly untwisted view of sexuality at such a youg age?


  2. An awesome sampling of Schiele’s work. I love the bold colors and brush strokes, the squiggly “movement” of the water. My faves were the self-portrait and the man who is surrounded by books. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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