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Egon Schiele: Self-portraits and portraits / 12.02.2011
Along with Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele (1890-1918) was one of the most important artists of Viennese Modernism and was an excellent representative of expressionism. The Lower Belvedere and Orangery will be showing the exhibition "Egon Schiele - Self-portraits and portraits" starting February 17. Schiele's creative efforts centered on the depiction of humans and their internal life. Around 100 self-portraits and portraits document Schiele's artistic development and his extraordinary achievements as a portrait painter. Some of these works will be displayed in Austria for the first time.
Schiele experienced his first great success at the "Großer Kunstschau" in 1909. He received support chiefly from his paternal friend Gustav Klimt who also influenced him artistically. In addition to his portraits and self-portraits, Schiele is also famous for his nudes that primarily have women and children as the subject and which caused a great commotion at the time. After the death of Klimt in February 1918, Schiele rose to become the star of the Vienna art scene. However, he was not able to enjoy his fame for very long. He died on October 31, 1918, just 28 years old. Today, his works command top prices around the world.
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