Naked truth: Radical and all-revealing figures With his graphic style, figural distortion, and defiance of conventional standards of beauty, Egon Schiele(1890 1918) was apioneer of Austrian Expressionismand one of the moststartling portrait paintersof the twentieth century.Mentored by Gustav Klimt, Schiele dabbled in a glittering Art Nouveau style before developing his own much moregritty and confrontational aesthetic of sharp lines, lurid shades, and mannered, elongated figures.His prolific portraits and self-portraits stunned the Viennese establishment with anunprecedented psychological and sexual intensity, favoringerotic, exposing, or unsettling posesin which he or his sitters cower on the floor, languish with legs akimbo, glower at the viewer, and thrust their genitalia into the foreground. His models are at times skeletal and sickly, at others strong and sensual.Many contemporaries found Schiele s work to be not only ugly butmorally objectionable, and in 1912, the artist was brieflyimprisoned for obscenity. Today, his oeuvre is celebrated for itsrevolutionary approach to the human figureand for its direct and particularly fervent, almost furious, brand of draughtsmanship. This book presents key Schiele works to introduce his short but urgent career and hisprofound contribution to the development of modern art, which reaches right through to such contemporary talents as Tracey Emin and Jenny Saville. About the Series: Each book in TASCHEN s Basic Art series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions "
About the Series: Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features: A detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance. A concise biography. Approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions.