Egon Schiele is an expressionist artist known for his favorite theme of portraying the human body. He managed to revise academic painting, which considered the body solely as an object. His body acts as a subject, he is constantly trying to find out - why the body is needed. Self-portrait throughout his creative life remains a favorite genre.
Schiele painted more than a hundred of his self-portraits. He liked to draw himself, to capture the pose in which he is at a certain moment, the appearance as a whole. Gestures often on such self-portraits do not look very natural to him. The whole image is like some kind of confrontation, some rejection of its mirror image. Portraying a man, the artist is trying to understand how it is to be a man, what is a body? He does not care who is in front of him - for him it is only important to find out what it is like to be in another body.
Consider his "Self-Portrait", which was painted by Schiele in 1914. The drawing is made on paper with gouache and black chalk. Image size 46x30.5 cm.
In the figure we see a neutral background of white color. The artist, inherent in his sharp and rigid line, shows how the body is deprived of confidence, trying to convey its character - slightly nervous and a little sharp. The body (like a figure) does not have smooth outlines; on the contrary, it has angles and irregular shapes.
Expression can only be conveyed with an orange background, the only brightly screaming detail. Egon Shite is not very interested in the external form of the body; he is not interested in beauty and harmony. However, we can see how deeply the model resembles himself.
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