Posted in Art Papers by Adele Todd on October 5, 2007

Egon Schiele

As I ended the post on ‘baggage’, I recalled the book that I finished reading a few weeks ago on Egon Schiele. Schiele used himself a great deal in his work. He brings to mind people like Rembrandt and Durer as well. All of these people had a history of exceptional drawing skills and drew what interested them, as well as what paid the bills. In Schiele’s instance, you see in his work, a man ahead of his time in a way. He is interested in sex and its grittiness. He was hungry to capture his times and he drew like someone desperately trying to come to terms with himself and his surroundings. Like Van Gogh, you see a slow torture in his art, a sadness so pure that the work sings its laments.

Schiele’s contorted spectacles have an energy and secret about them that make the work bewitchingly captivating. To think that he was the younger to Klimt is amazing. They both understood the use of the form and the decorative and used it in extremely different ways. They both manage to enthrall long after their deaths and their works still resonate today.
It doesn’t matter what an artists’ choice of subject matter is. It matters that they do the work, present the work and are moved to make more until they can no longer do so.

Art is magnificent.
It is bread and air and love and doubt.
It befuddles and causes dispair, but we do it because we love it so.
Does it matter that it is done by him or her, a cripple or a child, a blind elephant or a computer. We are engaged with it, hopelessly, longingly and this shall never end.

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