Go See- London: "Women" by Egon Schiele at Richard Nagy Gallery through June 30th, 2011

June 25th, 2011

Egon Schiele, Kneeling Nude in Colored Dress (1911), via Richard Nagy Gallery
Currently on view at Richard Nagy Gallery in London is Women, an exhibition of more than 45 works by Austrian artist Egon Schiele. Renowned as one of the greatest draftsmen of the 20th century, these works are displayed for the first time in the United Kingdom and portray museum-quality drawings and watercolors from the artist’s “Mature Period” (1910- 1918). The works are intimate renderings of the women which fascinated and intrigued Schiele throughout his life.

Egon Schiele, Adele with Dog (1917), via Richard Nagy Gallery

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Egon Schiele’s interest in depiction of female forms began at a young age. The artist was the only son in a household of women; his earliest drawings were of his mother and sisters, including several renderings of his younger sister Gertude portrayed naked. His early nudes of young street girls exude a fascination with the erotic, yet Schiele’s work is kept from being simply provocative by his gift for scrutinizing the psychological states of the women he depicts. Through at times depicted in sensual and revealing poses, the artist captures the character of his sitter through a  masterful use of line and distortion.

Egon Schiele, Edith Schiele (nee Harms) (1918), via Richard Nagy Gallery

The works on display at Richard Nagy reveal the variety in Schiele’s depiction of women. In works from 1910-1911, he exhibits tension and anxiety, while in those produced during 1917- 1918 there is a calmness, perhaps as related to his artistic success at the time. Masterpieces in the exhibition include Dark Haired Girl (1910), Women with Infant (1910), Nude in Orange Stockings (1914), and Girl in Underclothes (1917).

Egon Schiele, Girl in Underclothes (1917), via Richard Nagy Gallery

Born in 1890 just outside Vienna, Egon Schiele studied painting and drawing at the Kunstgewerbeschule, but found the art school to be too conservative and left, later becoming friend and protégé to artist Gustave Klimt. His arresting erotic drawings gave him trouble at times. In 1912 he was arrested and charged with carnal knowledge and distributing immoral material. After 24 days in prison he was cleared of charges. During that same year, Schiele began an affair with Klimt’s model Wally Neuzil.

Egon Schiele, Semi-nude in Black Stockings and Red Garter (1913), via Richard Nagy Gallery

Deceased at the young age of 28, Egon Schiele produced around four thousand works throughout his short lifetime, many of which until now have only been visible in Vienna. In such a brief span of time, he became Austria’s leading artist and was soon known internationally for his intimate and psychological portrayals.

Egon Schiele, Standing Nude with Orange Stockings (1914), via Richard Nagy Gallery

Egon Schiele, The Green Stockings (1914), via Richard Nagy Gallery

Egon Schiele, Wally Neuzil in Black Stockings (1912), via Richard Nagy Gallery

Egon Schiele, Woman with Homunculus (1910), via Richard Nagy Gallery

Related Links:

Exhibition Page [Richard Nagy Gallery]
Egon Schiele: The Man Who Loved Women [The Independent]
Unseen Egon Schiele Work to be Unveiled at the New Richard Nagy Gallery in UK [Artdaily]
Egon Schiele: Women [FT]
Egon Schiele: Women – Review [The Guardian]
Women: Unseen Schiele on Display in UK [The Independent]


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