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Masterpieces from the Leopold Museum
Introduction by Hans-Peter Wipplinger. Text by Elisabeth Leopold, Rudolf Leopold, Franz Smola, Birgit Summerauer.
Featuring over 140 masterpieces, this new book draws on the unsurpassed Schiele collection of Vienna's Leopold Museum
This volume gathers some 140 paintings, watercolors and drawings by Egon Schiele from the Leopold Museum in Vienna, which famously possesses the world’s most comprehensive and eminent collection of works by this most beloved of modern artists. It covers all periods of Schiele’s oeuvre, with examples of his earliest creations, his renowned Expressionist period and the work created shortly before his untimely death.
Among the classic Schiele paintings housed in the collection are the “Seated Male Nude” (a self-portrait) of 1910 and “The Hermits” of 1912 (probably depicting Schiele with Gustav Klimt). Cityscapes constitute another emphasis in Schiele’s oeuvre as well as landscapes including “Houses by the Sea.”Throughout the book, numerous full-page illustrations afford exceptional insight into Schiele’s genius for line and color. Essays by Elisabeth Leopold, Rudolf Leopold, Franz Smola and Birgit Summerauer outline the milieu and career of this provocative artist but also highlight Schiele’s place among the great masters of the 20th century.
The epitome of Viennese modernism, Egon Schiele (1890–1918) developed an anti-academic style of rendering figures, which are only rarely shown head-on or in full length, appearing contorted by their compositional arrangement. After brief service in the army during World War 1, Schiele died of a pandemic influenza on 31 October 1918.
'Self-portrait with Striped Shirt' is reproduced from 'Egon Schiele: Masterpieces from the Leopold Museum.
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FROM THE BOOKExcerpt from Rudolph Leopold’s ‘Introduction to Egon Schiele’s Work’
For him autumn functions as a symbol of all that is fleeting in human existence. Even inanimate nature is filled with spirit. In his figural compositions, his landscapes with trees or houses, and even in his cityscapes, the actual forms are replaced by his own highly idiosyncratic perceptions of them; his moods and feelings are transformed into visionary symbols of human experience that speak directly to the receptive viewer. Schiele managed to grace even the most ordinary objects with new meaning. Expressionism was more concerned with actual human experience than any other artistic trend in our century—and of its proponents virtually no one was so obsessively focused on it as the young Schiele. For that reason he devoted as much attention to his own feelings as he did to his mission as an artist. He turned his own suffering into images of men with a calling, men who see what others do not, who create what others cannot.
FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/10/2017
“Very early in the work of the young Schiele, one comes to expect his rigorous rejection of the non-committal and superficial. Instead, one sees him struggling to express the deepest human emotions. His paintings speak of the torment of the loner, the distress of the seeker beset by visions, the pain and despair of the sick, and the sorrow of the hopeless. Schiele manages to elevate subjective emotion to the level of universal truth.” - Rudolph Leopold, Egon Schiele: Masterpiece from the Leopold Museum. Featured image is “Self-portrait with Chinese Lantern Plant” (1912). continue to blog
FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/9/2017
“Everything seems to lie under a cloak of hopelessness and melancholy,” the late Austrian art collector and Leopold Museum director Rudolf Leopold wrote of Egon Schiele’s 1913 oil painting, Setting Sun. “Even the magic of the sky and the rocky islands is doomed to pass. Bluish veils have descended over the sun, whose light shines through only in two narrow bands. The question arises whether the light and warmth-giving sun might not sink into the sea never to rise again? This borderline situation is convincingly evoked here.” continue to blog
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Pub Date: 5/23/2017
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