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Egon Schiele: Self-portraits and Portraits Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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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 to 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.
About the Author
Agnes Husslein-Arco is the director of the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria. Jane Kallir is co-director of the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City, the author of the catalogue raisonne Egon Schiele: The Complete Works, and the curator of numerous exhibitions on Austrian art of the early twentieth century.
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From the information about this catalogue and exhibition reads the following: '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 is one of the finest books on the mind as well as the artistry of Egon Schiele available today. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, May 11
The main asset of this book, however, is the numerous high-quality illustrations and the many magnified details that help the reader get a close-up view of Schiele's art.
There have been many publications on Egon Schiele and I would say that this is one of the finest.