I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds.
Austrian expressionist artist Egon Leo Adolf Schiele, b. June 12, 1890, d. Oct. 31, 1918, was at odds with art critics and society for most of his brief life. Even more than Gustav Klimt, Schiele made eroticism one of his major themes and was briefly imprisoned for obscenity in 1912. His treatment of the nude figure suggests a lonely, tormented spirit haunted rather than fulfilled by sexuality. At first strongly influenced by Klimt, whom he met in 1907, Schiele soon achieved an independent anticlassical style wherein his jagged lines arose more from psychological and spiritual feeling than from aesthetic considerations. He painted a number of outstanding portraits, such as that of his father-in-law,Johann Harms (1916; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City), and a series of unflinching and disquieting self-portraits. Late works such as The Family (1918; Oesterreichische Galerie, Vienna) reveal a newfound sense of security.
Egon Schiele is one of my favorite artist. His figures are brave, revealing the more about the feelings of the person than actually revealing the naked skin. The raw images he creates inspires me. I chose to make a lithography print based off of Schiele’s graphic images of people. I picked a nude image from the 1920’s to recreate one of his seemingly erotic painting. The smudged and greasy quality of the lithography print lends to the textured swatches of paint that Schiele uses that gives the paintings its exposed, raw nature. Also cutting off the limbs at awkward places adds the the psychology of the piece so it becomes less about the nude figure and more about feeling that comes from the work.