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Egon Schiele: Eros and Passion
Klaus Albrecht Schrder
In this brilliant analysis, the erotic work of the Expressionist artist is examined within the perspective of history's shifting views concerning beauty, aesthetics, and decency.
Egon Schiele's controversial nudes and self-portraits were fiercely reviled when they first appeared in the early decades of the twentieth century and, nearly one hundred years later, they still have the power to shock. Examining why Schiele's work elicits this response, the author explores the social constrictions of Schiele's generation and the role of the artist as a breaker of taboos. Incorporating superb reproductions of Schiele's works, those of his contemporaries, and historical photographs, the author offers a penetrating study of an artist whose idea of beauty transcended the morality of his time.
Klaus Albrecht Schrder is Director of the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria.
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On the beginnings of the id in art Feb 27, 2000
As we continue to toil through terrors remembered from the last century, up pops this little tome that quite successfully takes us back to the early years of the last century when psychology and the study of the dark side of our minds exerted its now immutable influence on all of history. In this scholarly but immensely entertaining dissection of the seeds within Egon Schiele's mind that produced a prodigious, fascinating body of figurative painting in a short life time, author Schroder investigates sexuality, mores, mental hospitals and those who captured the inmates on film, photography, and the crumbling of empires. Lavishly illustrated with not only many relatively unknown Schiele works but also with works by Gertsl, Klimt, Degas, Courbet and scientific photographs of the twisted minds and bodies caged in sanitariums, this book reads well and allows us to absorb just how significant Schiele was in opening 20th century art to new levels of exploration. This is a fine addition to libraries of artists, students, collectors, physicians, psychologists...and anyone who enjoys visiting the fin de sicle - asurring us that what seems crude today was seen, perhaps more naievly, a whole century ago!
A painfully transparent Schiele Jan 6, 2000
If in-your-face nudity is your cup of tea, then Egon Schiele is the one for you. He is the avatar of not only physical transparency; but also of emotional transparency. The uncoventional nude poses makes you a co-conspirator on a voyeuristic voyage, a voyage which you may embarrasingly enjoy or find distastefully provocative. The Prestel Verlag publication is translated from German. While it is priced for the budget conscious, its text is not so easily accessible. The text relies heavily on psycho-analytic jargon and analysis. For the uninitiated, it can prove to be quite a quagmire to wade through. So be forewarned. But if you are interested in Schiele's psyche then you will gobble this up.
Schiele's works represented in this book is adequately comprehensive and a fitting catalogue of his repertoire. If you are a fan of Kent William's works (mostly comics related)then you would see some influences borrowed from Schiele, esp in his limited colour palette.