Egon Schiele was an Austrian Expressionist painter who, despite his short life, had a major influence on Modernist figurative painting in the 20th century. Notorious during his time for his bold portrayals of human sexuality, he has remained a subject of fascination and controversy to this day. Unlike his friend and mentor Gustav Klimt, Schiele's paintings and drawings are compositionally bare, focusing on a stylized representation of the human figure that features exaggerated musculature and a special focus given to the extremities: digits, hair, breasts, and genitalia are all rendered with particular care.


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