Schiele, Egon (1890–1918) By Jordan, Sharon
Egon Schiele is one of the most original artists of the early 20th century and a major figure associated with the stylistic movement, Expressionism. He has a unique linear technique that conveys a heightened energy or dynamic intensity, to which chromatic dissonance is frequently added with the application of watercolour.
The majority of Schiele’s artworks explore extreme facets of the human experience expressed through the human body, with external physical appearances serving as expressions of an existential reality or an internal state of being. With his interest in psychological and sexual subject matter, he is aligned with Oskar Kokoscha, the other foremost representative of Austrian Expressionism.