Schiele

Schiele

by Reinhard Steiner

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Schiele by Reinhard Steiner

Vienna’s controversial prodigy: Expressive nudes, strange movements

Egon Schiele (1890–1918) 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 the style of Klimt, his mentor, 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. This book gives a concise overview of the brief, brilliant career of Egon Schiele.

About the Series:

Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:

  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783836531382
Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
Publication date: 11/15/2011
Series: 25 Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 9.70(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Reinhard Steiner (born 1950) is professor of art history at the University of Stuttgart. His particular areas of interest and expertise include late medieval and Renaissance art as well as the art of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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