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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The Galerie St. Etienne is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 AM to 5 PM, and other times by appointment.