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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2004
Jane Kallir (also the author of Egon Schiele's 'catalogue raisonne' -- usually a HUGE expensive book which includes a picture of every known available representation of an artist's work) says 'Since completing the catalogue raisonne, I have always yearned to combine the story of Schiele's life and his artistic development into a single book'. And wow, what a beautiful job she has done.

This book begins with some of the earliest pictures of Egon's art (when he was about 16 and drawing trains) and ends with a picture of his wife (12 years later -- drawn not long before both she and Schiele died during the flu epidemic which swept the globe following World War I).

What makes this book extraordinary is the showcase of over 300 excellent color reproductions of Schiele's art shown in chronological order and Kallir's insightful commentary on the 'nuances of Schiele's stylistic development during each 12 month period'.

To paraphrase the author (again), this is Schiele's unique 'coming of age' story -- 'in these works, we watch Schiele literally grow up, almost day by day -- an artist with the technical virtuosity to express those experiences as they were happening'.

And to sum up, I borrowed this book from the library and found the book so awesome that I ordered my own copy from before I finished reading it -- and now that I have finished reading the book, I'm taking the time to say, this is the most unique (and moving) art book (I'm guessing I've read 200) I've ever read.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2003
Flipping through the Kallir/Vartanian book on Schiele's drawings and watercolors is a guaranteed way to make several hours of your life disappear without you even noticing it. The reproductions, presented in chronological order from 1907 through 1918, are a joy to ponder and get lost in. Schiele scholars and fans have been given a lavish gift. The biggest mystery is how the publisher, Thames & Hudson of London, could produce this marvel-like book for a such a miniscule cover price--it has the look and feel of a hundred-dollar book.
This is publishing at its absolute finest.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2003
The price is amazing, considering the amount of images and written material. More than just the usual "greatest hits" compendium, this one book covers Schiele's output with chapters devoted to specific years of his life. The images take up full pages - rather than being small, irritating reproductions - so you can actually SEE the drawings and paintings. These are the best reproductions of his work - yes, I've seen some of the originals - in the largest number (save for Kallir's catalogue raisonne) and with an enormous amount of biographical information. This book thrilled me. Go. Buy. Now!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2006
There are three things that I liked about this book: (1) great art well reproduced. The colors are well saturated and vibrant. (2) Each section begins with a brief history of the artist's life and points out how his work changed (or didn't) during that period in his life. (3) There are enough illustrations so that you can truly observe his progression and maturation as an artist.

Schiele was clearly enamored by the human figure and he captured its allure and beauty as few have. This is an excellent art book that is also well priced. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2012
Great content - 5 stars
The purest art book design I've ever seen - 2 stars

The decision to use this book format (9"x6") was a disaster.
It ruined the book completely. Because of the small format the
illustrations became smaller and the book became thicker. Hence
it's difficult to hold and impossible to open wide.

This book cries for the coffee table book format.
Hopefully the publisher will make the second edition in a
larger format, something similar to this book:
Egon Schiele: Self-portraits and Portraits
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2007
As an owner of many art books, this one is in the top 20 favorites just because of the quality of the item. The quality of the reproductions, the number of reproductions and the price cannot be beat. This publisher has really put out some nice art books. Lets hope there is more to come!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In glancing through the many books on the controversial brilliant painter Egon Schiele (1890 - 1918) it becomes obvious that most of the valuable studies on this enormously interesting and important painter are form the mind of Jane Kallir. After an imposing introduction by Ivan Vartanian ths sopiously illyustrated book delves into the many works on paper the artist produced in his brief career. Nearly 500 pages in length this small scale but beautifully designed book of reproductions of over 350 works create a portable volume of some of history's important images.

Egon Schiele remains a controversial painter even after a century. Many considered him to he a pedophile, so many paintings of very young girls in suggestive positions filled his studio. But few have ever brought focus to the man's genius and his contribution to the changing form of art into expressionism the way that this very fine book does. The reason is that the only aspect of Schiele's output that is illustrated and discussed is his enormous number of self-portraits and portraits of others. 'Schiele, who was drawn to the subject of people from early adolescence, tended to view others through the mirror of himself. In his pioneering Expressionist self-portraits from the years 1910 and 1911, he took on many personalities, explored his own emotions and projected his reactions onto the people he was portraying at the time. The artist only gradually developed a more objective approach to the people from his world. At the same time Schiele gained a more solid sense of self. On reaching maturity, Schiele had acquired an acute empathy with the human personality and his late portraits benefit from the same deep insights that made his early self-portraits come alive. By linking the portrayals with correspondence between the artist and his collectors, new light is shed on the close ties between artists and patrons that were so characteristic of the Vienna art scene at the time.'

This book may well be the finest access to the fragile works on paper and dispersion among several collections have made for an unbalanced representation of his work as a draftsman. It is organized chronologically and divided into year-by-year sections. Each section includes a text that discusses the major events in Schiele's life and the interrelation between the artist's drawing and developments in his oil painting. Grady Harp, May 12
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2014
This is a must-have for any Schiele lover! The information provided covers the artists life chronologically, the years separated into chapters. The text, in conjunction with the many reproductions, offers great insights into the development of Schiele's style. The text is highly informative, but lightweight, engaging, and easy enough to follow for a casual read.

The hundreds of full-page, full-color reproductions of his work are of impressive quality, and the entire book is printed on thick, satiny paper.

For a book of such outstanding quality, I'd expect to pay at least double the cover price!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2007
This is a book that gives the reader a unique opportunity to discover Schiele's art through his works on paper (which, in my opinion, convey a much better idea of the importance of this artist than his paintings). There is a lightness in these works, and, at the same time an urge to express the uneasiness, the anguish that the artist feels towards the outside world, that is very well shown in the book, through countless high-quality reproductions. The text is very sensible and written by the leading authority on Egon Schiele.
Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2014
this book is beautifully executed. its kind of small, but easy to hold in your lap or while eating lunch somewhere.
the quality of the illustrations is wonderful.
Egon Shiele was a genius talent and his pornographic images are exceptional in their honest beauty! But then, thats true
also of his landscapes and "clothed" portraits as well.
Makes me feel very very humble!

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