Our Art / Egon Schiele
Known for his sensuous paintings as well as his anguished self-portraits, Schiele (1890–1918) was an influential figurative painter noted for the intensity and sexuality of his revealing portraits. His contorted bodies and expressive dark lines strongly influenced Expressionism. This modernist art movement emphasized expressing an artist’s subjective view rather than depicting physical reality, favoring the emotional effect of evoking mood or meaning and often times distorting reality radically to do so.
Whether representing himself or others, Schiele’s pictures are strikingly raw and direct with the subject often staring directly at the viewer, making the works both confrontational and revealing. Schiele was prolific, but his artistic career ended tragically when he died at only 28 years of age.