Egon Schiele opens the world of visual distortion and traveling away from traditional, conventional and the definition of beauty is in the other world
The essence of human existence, what drives it forward or backward is the question
“Bodies have their own light which they consume to live: they burn, they are not lit from the outside.”
― Egon Schiele
Schiele was fascinated with human body, playing with the shape, distorting it, fragmenting and always focused in capturing the ethereal behind it all. Although categorized as a prime example of Austrian Expressionism he was exposed to Art Nouveau and Secession often opposing them.
Gustav Klimt played a very important part in the formative years of Schiele, influencing young painters to the point that many interpret the painting The Hermits of 1912 depicting himself and Klimt as the figure behind.
Human psychology as a measure of everything
“At present, I am mainly observing the physical motion of mountains, water, trees and flowers. One is everywhere reminded of similar movements in the human body, of similar impulses of joy and suffering in plants…”
― Egon Schiele
Schiele was not only observing and connecting with the emotional spectrum a human is capable of but also reflected some of the deepest and the most primordial aspects such as death, tormenting of the times and exploring the sexuality. There was a lot of controversy, rebellion against the societal norms and academia that he found himself so many times at the outside of comfortable living.