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Egon Schiele • AWK

Egon Schiele • AWK

Kanga discovered artist Egon Schiele while on the Art expedition in Paris. He was a signal figure in the art of his time, the early and late twentieth century respectively. After his death in 1918, he left a powerful body of work behind which remains relevant to this day and has gone on to inspire up and coming artist of the present day.

The Schiele exhibition was held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and was the first monograph show that the Fondation has dedicated to a "historic" artist.

Over the course of the past century, the work of Egon Schiele has been established as one of the heights of modern art. His international recognition continues to grow and his large body of work remains resolutely contemporary.

Coming of age amidst the tension and conflict between the traditions of a stifling Austro-Hungarian monarchy and great artistic and intellectual upheavals, Schiele remains inseparable from fin-de-siecle Vienna. Under the influence of the Jugendstil, a decorative style developed in Austria and Germany in parallel to Art Nouveau. The Jungenstil refers to that of the Vietnamese Scession and predecessors including Gustav Klimt. Schiele broke from the traditional framework of the Acadmy when he was only sixteen to form the Neukunstgruppe (New Art Group) with like-minded artists in pursuit of a new artistic expression.broke from the traditional framework of the Acadmy when he was only sixteen to form the Neukunstgruppe (New Art Group) with like-minded artists in pursuit of a new artistic expression.

Over the following years, Schiele would produce a large body of work that broke entirely with the norm, in complete freedom and with striking introspection. He would invent an equally radical practice that resulted in some three hundred paintings and almost three thousand works on paper. Through his relentless exploration of the human figure in its excessive expressions, he gave shape to his own inner struggle while capturing the apprehensions of the upcoming war.

This exhibition of Egon Schiele in Paris was the first in twenty five years and brought together one hundred works, mostly coming from private collections, displaying chronologically in a group of fez-de-bassin rooms.

Egon Schiele FUN FACTS:

• Egon Leo Adolf Schiele was born in Tulln, Austria on June 12th 1890. 

• In 1906, Egon's artistic activities were further encouraged by his high school Gymnasium's drawing instructor, karl Strauch and local artist Max Kahrer.

• In 1908, ten of Schiele's works were presented in his first exhibition, from mid-May to June at the Kaiseraal in Klosterneuburg, just outside of Vienna.
Along with like-minded artists, Schiele founded the Neukunstgruppe, (New Art Group). 

• 1911 was quite an eventful year the artist. The first essay on Schiele entitled "Egon Schiele: Versuch einer Vorrede," by Albert Paris was published, he held his first solo show from April to May at Vienna's Galerie Miethk and in November of that year, he was accepted into the munich-based artist's association, Sema, a group that also includes Alfred Kubin and Paul Klee.

• 1915 was also an eventful time for Egon Schiele. He had a major solo show held at the Vienesse Galerie Arnot, as well as other locations. Later that year in May, he was declared fit for military service and on June 17th he married Edith Harms and left for Prague the following day before he started his military training.

• In 1917, Schiele's commanding office assigned him to create drawings of offices and warehouses throughout the Empire and Schiele travelled together with his fellow soldier and future art and antique dealer Karl Grünwald to Tyrol, where he was commissioned to organise the "war exhibition" at Vienna's Prater.

• Sadly in 1918, Egon Schiele lost his wife in October to the Spanish Flu. He drew a picture of her shortly after her death. This would be his last work, as soon afterward, he also fell ill with the Spanish Flu and in the early morning of October 31st, he died at age twenty eight.

Discover some of his work below. We are happy to have discovered this artist during the ART WITH KANGA • Paris expedition 2019. 

This chronology is based in particular on: Klaus Albrecht Schröder, "Egon Schiele" (Munich:Prestel, 2009).

Dennis Osadebe • AWK

Dennis Osadebe • AWK