Egon Schiele’s Early Sketchbook Examined In New Book, ‘The Beginning’ | HuffPost Arts & Culture

Egon Schiele: The Beginning ( Christian Bauer, ed. Hirmer Publishers, September 2013) is the first book to focus on Schiele’s early life and work, beginning with his childhood in Tulln and then following his career until his resignation from the Vienna Art Academy in 1909. “Filled with scribbled musings and romantic portraits from his early career, the book includes images of Schiele’s previously unpublished journal, providing a rare glimpse into the short-lived existence of an artist who died at only 28 years old” (HuffPost).

From publisher:

Essays by art historians shed light on the circumstances of Schiele’s childhood and the cultural, social, and family setting in which he began thinking about and making art. Beautiful, large-scale reproductions illustrate the evolution of his basic formal principles, and they help us understand his first creative phase, which reflected his dissatisfaction with the traditional styles that were then dominant. Other essays address his crucial friendship with Gustav Klimt and the various collections and collectors of Schiele’s early work.

Selected work from HuffPost slideshow:

(Above: Egon Schiele, letter to Margarete Partonek with Portrait, 1906, watercolor and ink on paper, Vienna, Leopold Museum)

 

(Above: Sketchbook with cloth binding, summer 1906, 34 pages, 12.8 × 20 cm, numerous watercolors and drawings, pencil, ink, and watercolor, private collection)

(Above: Jodokus Church, Reflection on the River, 1908, oil on paper, Innsbruck, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum)

(Above: Sunflower I, 1908, oil on cardboard, 44 × 32.4 cm, J. K. P. 144, Lower Austria, Landessammlungen Niederösterreich)

 

(Above: Sketchbook with cloth binding, summer 1906, 34 pages, 12.8 × 20 cm, numerous watercolors and drawings, pencil, ink, and watercolor, private collection)

Egon Schiele’s Early Sketchbook Examined In New Book, ‘The Beginning’ | HuffPost Arts & Culture

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