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Title

Poster for the Vienna Secession 49th exhibition

1918

Artist

Egon Schiele

Austria

12 Jun 1890 - 31 Oct 1918

  • Details

    Date
    1918
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    colour lithograph
    Dimensions
    67.8 x 53.2 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated c.r., [inscribed on stone] "Egon/ Schiele/ 1918".

    Credit
    Purchased 1979
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    167.1979
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Egon Schiele

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  • About

    Schiele studied at the Vienna Academy, coming under the influence of the heightened art nouveau of Gustav Klimt. He rapidly evolved his own style, redirecting the symbolist intensity of his mentor towards a more psychological, and indeed more modern, focus. In this Schiele echoed the new psychoanalytical theories of Sigmund Freud as well as his own subjective and often neurotic intimations. His view of human nature, graphically evidenced in the prolific drawings, paintings and prints that constitute his short career, was filtered through a prodigious eroticism. This poster for the last Secessionist exhibition in which he participated is based on a slightly earlier painting, photographically transferred to the lithographic plate before being reworked by the artist. Suggesting a Christ-like centrality not out of keeping with his personality, Schiele represents himself at the head of a table of friends, a number of whom have the tonsures of monks. Beyond its collegiate message, the print impresses as a formal arrangement of stark reductivity.

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1999.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 7 publications

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