Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Egon Schiele

I loved Egon Schiele deeply through out my undergrad.  His dry brush paintings of figures with harsh black line and crooked hands are unsettling and overtly sexual.  The intense energy one feels with his work really attracted me.  Klimt generously took him in as a student and mentored him while buying some of his peices, traded with him, introduced him to many of his patrons, and invited him to show his work at his first major exhibitions.  Schiele died at the age of 28.  He and his then pregnant wife fell ill to the Spanish flu.  His wife died three days before him.  He drew her in the three days that separated their deaths.