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Egon Schiele: Self-Portraits and Portraits

Egon Schiele: Self-Portraits and Portraits

by Agnes Husslein-Arco and Jane Kallir

This fascinating new book explores how Egon Schiele reinvented the art of portraiture, brilliantly capturing the inner lives of his numerous subjects including himself. It traces Schiele's development as a portraitist through four principal chronological phases from 1906 to 1918. Starting with the artist's rigorous training at the Vienna Academy, it chronicles his eventual break with academia and the emergence of his Expressionistic style. As Schiele honed his technical abilities, he gathered a coterie of patrons—many of whom he immortalized on canvas—and developed a tendency toward realism and introspection. Throughout his career, Schiele tested the boundaries of traditional portraiture. Confrontational, explicitly erotic, and largely devoid of props or scenery, Schiele's portraits are seminal works of originality and deep empathy with the human condition.

264 pages
9.7 x 1 x 12.7 inches
Prestel, 2011
ISBN 9783791351094

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