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Egon Schiele (New Horizons)

The Egoist

Jean-Louis Gaillemin


An introduction to the life and art of Egon Schiele, beautifully illustrated and supported by contemporary documents


Egon Schiele has a reputation as a bad boy of art. Rejected by his family and hounded by a scandalized society for his interest in young girls, he laced his drawings and paintings with fierce expressions of sexuality and death.

This profusely illustrated book surveys Schiele’s extraordinary life, and delves into both the controversial sexual themes and neglected aspects of his art, notably his formal experiments and his later expressionist portraits and allegorical paintings – works that reveal much about the importance of his brief career, cut tragically short by his death at the age of only twenty-eight.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 17.7 x 12.5 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Publication date: 5 March 2007

ISBN: 9780500301210

Contents List

1. The Beautiful Danube: Born in Tulln on the Danube, Egon Schiele decides to become a painter. Having earned his diploma at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, he meets Gustav Klimt • 2. Me, Me, Me: From 1910 on, one of Schiele’s recurrent motifs is the self-portrait, and he devotes himself to a ‘pantomime of the self’ that is unique of its kind • 3. From Paradise to Prison: Schiele produces a number of erotic drawings, and at the same time paints symbolic compositions on the theme of death • 4. Resurrection: The artist paints large allegorical canvases such as Hermits, where he shows himself with Klimt, and Cardinal and Nun, a satirical vision of the sins of the flesh 5. A Recognized Artist: No longer the ‘terror of the bourgeois’, by the time of his death Schiele is a pillar of artistic life in Vienna

About the Author

Jean-Louis Gaillemin, founder of Beaux-Arts magazine and L’Objet d’art, is an honorary lecturer at the Université Paris-Sorbonne, specializing in architecture and decor.