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Egon Schiele- Death and the Maiden

Egon Schiele- Death and the Maiden

Going to the Neue Galerie the other day rekindled my fascination with the work of Austrian artist Egon Schiele.  There’s a lot of disturbing material in some of his work as well as in his bio that is hard to overlook even as I admire the work.  But Egon Schieledespite that, Schiele created, to my way of thinking, one of the most provocative and  distinct bodies of work in modern art– all before an all too early death from the Spanish Flu in 1917.

He was 28 years old.

I think of  that and then think of looking closely at the beauty and quality of his brushwork, I can only wonder what might have come in later years.  What masterpieces he might have created.  But as it is, he left us a rich and varied body of work, one that constantly both satisfies and provokes.

I particularly love his landscapes and cityscapes.  Their abstract qualities and coloring just draw me in immediately.  I always find myself inspired after looking at his work, like there’s something pushing out from it that runs into my own need for expression.

I am showing some of my favorites here:

Egon Schiele  Einzelne Häuser 1915 Egon Schiele - Krumau Town Crescent I  1915 Egon Schiele Hauswand um Fluss Egon Schiele Houses with Washed Clothes Egon Schiele -Landscape at  Krumau Egon Schiele Summer Landscape Egon Schiele Town Among the Greenery egon-schiele_agony1

 

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