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Egon  Schiele was  born on June 12



Seated  Woman with Bent Knee 1917
Egon  Schiele (1890 - 1918 ) was an Austrian painter. A protégé  of Gustav Klimt, Schiele  became a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. His work is noted  for its intensity and its raw sexuality, and the many naked  self-portraits the  artist produced. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that  characterizes his work, mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism.

As  a child, to those around him, Schiele was regarded as a strange child. Shy and  reserved, he did poorly in school, except in athletics and drawing. He also  displayed incestuous tendencies towards his younger sister Gertrude. When  Schiele was 15 years old, his father died from syphilis,  and Egon became a ward of his maternal uncle.

In  1907, Schiele sought out Gustav Klimt, who generously mentored him, buying his  drawings, offering to exchange them for some of his own, arranging models for  him and introducing him to potential patrons.

Klimt  invited Schiele to exhibit some of his work at the 1909 Vienna Kunstschau, where he encountered the work  of Edvard Munch. Free  of the constraints of the Academy's conventions, Schiele began to explore not  only the human form, but also human sexuality

Schiele's  work had been already daring, but it went a bold step further with the inclusion  of Klimt's decorative eroticism and with what some may like to call figurative  distortions, that included elongations, deformities, and sexual openness. Egon  Schiele’s Kneeling Nude with Raised Hands (1910)  is considered among the most significant nude art pieces made during the  20th century. Schiele’s radical and developed approach towards the naked human  form challenged both scholars and progressives alike.
Schiele  moved to Neulengbach,  35 km west of Vienna. As it was in Vienna, Schiele's studio became a gathering  place for Neulengbach's delinquent children. Schiele's way of life aroused much  animosity among the town's inhabitants, and in April 1912 he was arrested for  seducing a young girl below the age of consent.

Schiele  was imprisoned for exhibiting erotic drawings in a place accessible to children.  

Schiele  was ordered to report for active service in the army where he was initially  stationed in Prague.

In  the autumn of 1918, the Spanish flu pandemic that  claimed more than 20,000,000 lives in Europe reached Vienna. Schiele's wife,   who was six months pregnant, succumbed to the disease on the October 28.  Schiele died  three days after his wife. He was 28 years old.
 
His candid and erotic nudes shocked Vienna,  and his untimely death left him unregarded for 50 years. But Schiele's   portraits reveal a top-ranking draughtsman and bold and sensual  artist

Egon Schiele

Schiele on You Tube                         

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-Nvuc_R7jU                                                                                        


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