Galerie St. Etienne

EGON SCHIELE’S WOMEN: A Loan Exhibition Celebrating the First Book on the Subject, by Jane Kallir

EGON SCHIELE’S WOMEN: A Loan Exhibition Celebrating the First Book on the Subject, by Jane Kallir

New York, NY USA Tuesday, October 23, 2012Friday, December 28, 2012


New York, NY USA
Tuesday, October 23, 2012Friday, December 28, 2012

The Austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890-1918) is best known for his taboo-busting watercolors and drawings of the female nude, yet this aspect of his work has never before been the subject of a comprehensive examination. From October 23 through December 28, the Galerie St. Etienne will host Egon Schiele’s Women, a loan exhibition of over 50 watercolors and drawings borrowed from the Museum of Modern Art, the Neue Galerie and numerous private collections. Simultaneously, Prestel will publish a book-length study of the subject, Egon Schiele’s Women, the gallery’s co-director Jane Kallir (author of the artist’s catalogue raisonné.)

Fin-de-siècle Vienna was a hotbed of sexual intrigue and exploration, from the pioneering studies of Sigmund Freud to the titillating plays of Arthur Schnitzler and the then-scandalous paintings of Gustav Klimt. Egon Schiele grew up in a world where the bourgeois double standard was rapidly fading, and a more open, egalitarian attitude toward sexual relations was emerging. Egon Schiele’s Women traces the artist’s evolving approach to these circumstances, as reflected in his depiction of key female subjects: his mother and sisters; the anonymous early models known as the “black-haired girls”; his first serious lover, Wally Neuzil; his wife, Edith Harms, and her sister Adele. Schiele’s Women juxtaposes studies from the nude with more formal portraits, illustrating two distinct though not mutually exclusive views of woman: as sexual object or multidimensional human being.

EGON SCHIELE’S WOMEN is accompanied by a detailed checklist and scholarly essay by Galerie St. Etienne Co-Director Jane Kallir. For further information and images, or for information on purchasing copies of Jane Kallir’s book, please contact Courtney Donner at 212-245-6734 or gallery@gseart.com. The Galerie St. Etienne is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 AM to 5 PM, and other times by appointment.