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Schiele

Hardcover21 x 26 cm0.57 kg96 pages15
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Egon Schiele was just 28 years old when he died of Spanish influenza in 1918, but with the prolific portfolio he left behind, he continues to startle and influence. This monograph explores the artist’s defiant, provocative, often pornographic style which shook Viennese high society and produced some of the most penetrating and haunting portraits in art history.
Schiele

Schiele

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Naked truth

Radical and all-revealing figures

With his graphic style, figural distortion, and defiance of conventional standards of beauty, Egon Schiele (1890–1918) was a pioneer of Austrian Expressionism and one of the most startling portrait painters of the 20th century.

Mentored by Gustav Klimt, Schiele dabbled in a glittering Art Nouveau style before developing his own much more gritty and confrontational aesthetic of sharp lines, lurid shades, and mannered, elongated figures. His prolific portraits and self-portraits stunned the Viennese establishment with an unprecedented psychological and sexual intensity, favoring erotic, exposing, or unsettling poses in which he or his sitters cower on the floor, languish with legs akimbo, glower at the viewer, and thrust their genitalia into the foreground. His models are at times skeletal and sickly, at other times strong and sensual.

Many contemporaries found Schiele’s work to be not only ugly but morally objectionable; in 1912, the artist was briefly imprisoned for obscenity. Today, his oeuvre is celebrated for its revolutionary approach to the human figure and for its direct and particularly fervent, almost furious brand of draftsmanship. This book presents key Schiele works to introduce his short but urgent career and his profound contribution to the development of modern art, which reaches right through to such contemporary talents as Tracey Emin and Jenny Saville.
The author

Reinhard Steiner (born 1950) is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Stuttgart. His particular areas of interest and expertise include late medieval and Renaissance art as well as the art of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Schiele
Hardcover21 x 26 cm0.57 kg96 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-0439-3

Edition: German

ISBN 978-3-8365-0440-9

Edition: Spanish

ISBN 978-3-8365-0441-6

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-0442-3

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-0443-0

Edition: Italian
Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions