Egon Schiele Background Update

For our task we have been given A photograph by the famous Artist Egon Schiele. I have already done a blog post about Egon but thought it would be a good idea to delve more into his personal life and find out where his obsession with the female body, and his abstract art had come from. Egon had to deal with a lot of pain during his life, but this wasn’t where majority of his work in the early days of his career had come from.His father and his sister worked or had work connections with the railway line. Egon’s father was a manager of one of the stations and it was that very station in which Egon was born. His sister on the other hand went on to work her way up in the industry and married a chief executive of the railway company. Sadly his father passed away not too long after he was enrolled into an art academy which he later left, because he felt confided and didn’t feel he had the freedom to express him true artist self.


Through out Egon’s life he seemed to always have a sexual mentality. You could tell this through his artwork you see below:





That’s really the start of his personal artistic styles. These sexual tendencies were a huge concern for his parents as it grew very early. When he was just 14 years old Egon took his twelve-year-old sister to the same hotel room his parents honeymooned in. His parents eventually found out and charged over there, “fearing the worst” , and luckily just found them innocently taking portrait photographs.


This was a quote from Egon ‘I do not deny that I have made drawings and watercolors of an erotic nature. But they are always works of art. Are there no artists who have done erotic pictures?’. To me Egon seems a strange character but you cannot deny that he was a very talented artist.


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