Thursday, 17 September 2009

Egon Schiele

I just finished a fantastic book about Egon Schiele (1890-1918) by Lewis Crofts, "The Pornographer of Vienna". Schiele was an Austrian Expressionist that I previously did not know of terribly well, but I have always been in awe of his work. The very caricature of a starving artist, he even endured imprisonment and had his work destroyed on charges of "seduction and abduction". (These charges were later dropped, and he was sentenced to 30 days in prison on the lesser charges of "exhibiting erotic drawings in a place accessible to children").

Schiele's work concentrated on the seedier aspects of Vienna during the decline of the Habsburg Empire, which outraged both the public and art critics. He died 3 days after his pregnant wife's demise during the 1918 flu epidemic.





4 comments:

innerearthsoaps said...

Wow. I love it. very powerful work.

Lewis Crofts said...

well... what a nice comment! I'm glad you liked the book and were captured by the terrifying beauty of Schiele's life and work. I was too!

All the best,

Lewis

Sam said...

He was wild, wasn't he! Especially for the times - and he is still much copied today I think. I heard he had a very troubled life - is that correct? I might be getting him mixed up with someone else...

Natalia said...

Thanks for the comments Erin, Lewis (excited you visited, thanks!) and Sam.

Sam - he absolutely had a troubled life, and died so tragically young. What a waste!