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Schieleby Reinhard Steiner
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Expressive nudes and self-portraits, strange movements and morbid colours
Egon Schiele (1890-1918) - along with Oskar Kokoschka - is the painter who had the most long-lasting influence on the Vienna art scene after the great era of Klimt came to a close. After a short flirtation with Klimt’s style, Schiele soon questioned the aesthetic orientation to the beautiful surface of the Viennese Art Nouveau with his rough and not easily accessible paintings.
Many contemporaries found Schiele’s expressive nudes and self-portraits, with their strange movements and morbid colours, to be ugly and even morally objectionable--criticism which culminated in criminalizing the painter as ’obscene’ and resulted in 1912 in an indictment and short jail sentence. However, not even his harshest critics could dispute the artist’s extraordinary drawing talent.
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Presents the work of Egon Schiele (1890-1918) who, along with Oskar Kokoschka, is the painter who had the most long-lasting influence on the Vienna art scene after Klimt. Schiele questioned the aesthetic orientation of the Viennese Art Nouveau with his rough and not easily accessible paintings.
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