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Overview Egon Schiele, with Oskar Kokoschka, is seen as the most important of the Austrian artists who came after Klimt. This study examines the life and work of Egon Schiele through the major oil paintings and many of his erotic drawings.
"Hindering the artist is a crime," wrote Egon Schiele in 1912. At the time he was in prison for disseminating immoral drawings. Throughout his work the note of defiance, provocation, and rebellion was sounded. Schiele's favorite subjects were female nudes and self-portraits, and he worked at his art with furious commitment, though it was not until shortly before his early death that he began to win real recognition. Today, with Oskar Kokoschka, he is seen as the most important of the Austrian artists who came after Klimt. This study examines the life and work of Egon Schiele through all the major oil paintings and many of his erotic drawings.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 9.75" Height: 12" Weight: 3.05 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
ISBN 3822837628 ISBN13 9783822837627
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More About Wolfgang Georg Fischer
Wolfgang Georg Fischer is an art historian, writer and art dealer. Ever since first exhibiting Egon Schiele in 1964, he has devoted his attention to classical Viennese Modernism, chiefly Schiele, Kokoschka, and Klimt, regularly showing their works at his London gallery, Fischer Fine Art, and contributing with numerous publications to the art-historical literature. Dr. Fischer also contributed to the catalogue raisonne of Schiele's work.
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Great reproductions with helpful commentary and biographical information. Dec 17, 2007
This is another welcome addition to Taschen's 25th Anniversary Series of large, hardcover collections. You get excellent reproductions of many of Egon Schiele's finest work along with Wolfgang Georg Fischer's expert commentary.
Besides the works themselves, I found the most valuable part of the book to be the historical and biographical information. Fischer gives the necessary perspective with which to view Schiele's sometimes difficult work without being excessively wordy or academic. I love academic writing as much as anyone, but I think the intended audience here is not going to want to wade through pages of theoretical discourse.
In addition to the paintings, there are some photographs of Schiele, his family, and his colleagues. After looking at his numerous self-portraits and (especially) the paintings of his wife, it's fascinating to see photographs of them in a casual context.
Schiele's style may not appeal to everyone, but this book is an excellent place to begin your appreciation, especially at Taschen's extremely low price. When you look at all the $3-12k limited edition books they release, it's nice that they remember that poor college students enjoy great art books too!