After Egon Schiele
(1890-1918) freed himself from the shadow of his mentor and role model Gustav Klimt
, he had just ten years to inscribe his signature style into the annals of modernity
before the Spanish flu claimed his life. Being a child prodigy quite aware of his own genius and a passionate provocateur
, this didn’t prove to be too big a challenge.
His haggard, overstretched figures
, drastic depiction of sexuality
, and self-portraits
in which he staged himself with emaciated facial expressions bordering between brilliance and madness
, had none of the decorative quality of Klimt's hymns of love, sexuality, and yearning devotion. Instead, Schiele’s work spoke of a brutal honesty
, one that would upset and irreversibly change Viennese society.
Although his works were later defamed as “degenerate” and for a time were almost forgotten altogether, they influenced generations of artists
– from Günter Brus
and Francis Bacon
to Tracey Emin
. Today, his then-misunderstood oeuvre continues to fetch exorbitant prices on the international art market.
Presented in a voluminous format
that captures all of the intensity and emotional truth of his work, Egon Schiele. All paintings from 1909-1918
features 221 paintings
and 146 drawings
that retrace the fertile last decade of Schiele’s life
. With many pieces newly photographed
for this edition, these works are paired with excerpts from his countless writings and poems
, as well as essays introducing his life and oeuvre, to situate the Austrian master in the context of European Expressionism and trace his extraordinary legacy.