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Egon Schiele was born June 12, 1890, in Tulln, Austria. After attending school in Krems and Klosterneuburg, he enrolled in the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna in 1906. Here he studied painting and drawing but was frustrated by the school's conservatism.
In 1907, he met Gustav Klimt, who encouraged him and influenced his work. Schiele left the Akademie in 1909 and founded the Neukunstgruppe with other dissatisfied students.
Upon Klimt's invitation, Schiele exhibited at the 1909 Vienna Kunstschau, where he encountered the work of Edvard Munch, Jan Toroop, Vincent van Gogh and others.
On the occasion of the first exhibition of the Neukunstgruppe in 1909 at the Piska Salon, Schiele met the art critic and writer Arthur Roessler, who befriended him and wrote admiringly of his work. In 1910, he began a long friendship with the collector Heinrich Benesch. By this time, Schiele had developed a personal expressionist portrait and landscape style and was receiving a number of portrait commissions from the Viennese intelligentsia.
Seeking isolation, Schiele left Vienna in 1911 to live in several small villages. He concentrated increasingly on self-portraits and allegories of life, death, and sex and produced erotic watercolors. In 1912, he was arrested for "immortality" and "seduction"; during his 24-day imprisonment, he executed a number of poignant watercolors and drawings.
Schiele participated in various group exhibitions, including those of the Neukunstgruppe in Prague in 1910 and Budapest in 1912; the Sonderbund, in 1912; and several Secession shows in Munich, beginning in 1911.
In 1913, the Galerie Hans Goltz, Munich, mounted Schiele's first solo show. A solo exhibition of his work took place in Paris in 1914. The following year, Schiele married Edith Harms and was drafted into the Austrian army. He painted prolifically and continued to exhibit during his military service. His solo show at the Vienna Secession of 1918 brought him critical acclaim and financial success.
He died several months later in Vienna, at age 28, on October 31, 1918, a victim of influenza, which had claimed his wife three days earlier.
If you get a chance, the best place to see Egon Schieles for real is the Leopold Museum in Vienna. The Egon Schiele Room is, in my opinion, one of the best rooms on Earth. Those Schieles in that space - it doesn't get better than that.
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22nd April 2006
One of his rare paintings that was once feared lost is expected to fetch from $7.1 million to $10.7 million when it is auctioned June 20, Christie's auction house said on the 21st April 2006.
Owned by Austrian art collector Karl Gruenwald, Wilted Sunflowers (Autumn Sun II) was part of a collection of work stored in France that was confiscated and sold in 1942, four years after Gruenwald had fled to the country during World War II.
It was only when the painting's most recent owner requested a valuation that the work was identified as the original. The owner wishes to remain anonymous and the painting was officially restituted to Gruenwald's family in February, Christie's said.
Christie's refused to say what kind of deal was done with the recent owner but there is speculation that he/she has agreed to take a percentage from the forthcoming auction.
For me, it is a little sad that after being reunited with the piece after nearly 65 years the Gruenwald family should decide to auction it. If it were me, I would have gone without just about anything if it meant owning something from the greatest artist of the 20th century!
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