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Egon Schiele (Austrian, June 12, 1890–October 31, 1918) was a major figure of Austrian Expressionism. Although his career was short, Schiele’s prolific work paved the way for Modernism. He is most known for Figurative works, self-portraits, and portraits that express a deeply personal and radical aesthetic. "Selbstbildnis" (1917) is exemplary of the artist's style, tinged with psychological and sexual subtexts. This work measures 11.10 x 6.60 x 9 inches, is edition 103 of 300, and in excellent condition.

Schiele began his artistic career at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Vienna Academy of Fine Art) in 1906, but he left the academy in 1909 to form Neukunstgruppe, the New Art Group, with fellow classmates who shared his contempt for the academy’s curriculum. It was during this time that he became acquainted with Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918), a future mentor and supporter of Schiele, who helped Schiele participate in the Vienna Kunstschau of 1909. This international exhibition, along with Schiele’s subsequent showings, put the artist in contact with prominent dealers, critics, and patrons who would support his developing career. In 1911, the artist had his first solo show at Galerie Miethke in Vienna, Austria, and later exhibited in museums and galleries world-wide. In 2011, Schiele’s 1914 painting Häuser mit bunter Wäsche (Vorstadt II) brought in US$40 million at Sotheby’s, the largest sum paid for a work of art by the Austrian artist. Today the largest collections of his work can be seen at the Egon Schiele-Musuem in Tulln, the Leopold Museum in Vienna, and the Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna.

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Provenance:
  • Private Collection, EU.
  • Ships From: Germany
  • Shipping Dimensions: 11.1 x 6.6 x 9 in. (28.19 x 16.76 x 22.86 cm.)

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