Friday Night Gallery Chat – Beautifully Fragile Watercolors – Egon Schiele

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Good Afternoon,  I am thinking about Egon Schiele , when I was in Austria I bought a print of one of his watercolors and it is still one of my favorite prints.  Most his work is on a small scale but the detail and feeling expressed is voluminously deep.  His subject matter can be explicit, I mean he doesn’t shy away from what is before him when painting a model, but there is, to me, a sense of truth in how he paints not sensationalism. 

He was part of the art nouveau/expressionist movements.  The major themes of death and love  weave through his work, see below,


Tod und Mädchen (Death and the Maiden), 1915

His works in watercolor are exceptional, some say that watercolor is one of the hardest mediums to master because once you put the pigment down on paper there are few option in adjusting the image,  

Look at how he basically uses just one color orange (a cool orange and a warm orange) to paint this model,

(Tip, warm colors come forward cool colors recede  on the picture surface)

So go buy an inexpensive set of watercolors set up a still life or ask a friend to pose and try out this medium!  (send any results and I will post them next week!  Take the plunge!

Photograph by Anton Josef Trčka
Birth name Egon Schiele
Born 12 June 1890(1890-06-12)
Died 31 October 1918 (aged 28)
Nationality Austrian
Field Painting
Training Akademie der Bildenden Künste
Movement Expressionism
Works Porträt des Albert Paris von Gütersloh, 1918; Self-portrait, 1912
Influenced by Gustav Klimt

Egon Schiele (12 June 1890 – 31 October 1918) (German pronunciation: [ˈʃiːlə], approximately SHEE-luh) was an Austrian painter. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century.

Schiele’s work is noted for its intensity, and the many self-portraits the artist produced. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that characterize Schiele’s paintings and drawings mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism, although still strongly associated with the art nouveau movement (Jugendstil).

The most important collection of Schiele’s work is housed in the Leopold Museum, Vienna.

from Wikipedia Image/ Text


Have an  intoxicating weekend!



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2 responses to “Friday Night Gallery Chat – Beautifully Fragile Watercolors – Egon Schiele

  1. Thanks for sharing something about Schiele. Maybe I have admired him because he watercolored, but I was intrigued with his line work and his distorted figures. Everything I’ve ever seen of his I sit and look at every little thing.

  2. Yes and some paintings are so small in person, he was an intricate painter, thanks for checking the site out!

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