This fascinating new book explores how Egon Schiele reinvented the art of portraiture, brilliantly capturing the inner lives of his numerous subjects—including himself.
This book traces Schiele’s development as a portraitist through four principal chronological phases, from 1906 through 1918. Starting with the artist’s rigorous training at the Vienna Academy, it chronicles Schiele’s eventual break with academia and the emergence of his Expressionistic style. As Schiele honed his technical abilities, he gathered a coterie of patrons— many of whom he immortalized on canvas—and developed a tendency toward realism and introspection. Throughout his career Schiele tested the boundaries of traditional portraiture. Confrontational, explicitly erotic, and largely devoid of props or scenery, Schiele’s portraits are seminal works of originality and deep empathy with the human condition. This volume also offers a close examination of Schiele’s self-portraits and his relationship with Gustav Klimt, Schiele’s gestic language in the context of contemporaneous photography and the silent film, as well as brief biographies of Schiele’s subjects and transcriptions of illuminating letters pertaining to his life and work.
Agnes Husslein-Arco is Director of the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria. Her books include »Egon Schiele: Self-Portraits and Portraits« (Prestel).
Jane Kallir, curator and co-director of the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City is the author of the first comprehensive Schiele catalogue raisonné: Egon Schiele: The Complete Works. She has also written many books on a variety of other artists, including Gustav Klimt and Grandma Moses.
Alfred Weidinger is Vice Director at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria. He is the author of numerous books on modern art, including »Gustav Klimt« (Prestel).
Hardcover with jacket, 264 pages, 24x32, 247 color illustrations, 34 b/w illustrations
$ 60.00 | £ 45.00
Publishing House: Prestel
Date of publication:
US April 20, 2011
UK March 31, 2011