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- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson (28 April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500511160
- ISBN-13: 978-0500511169
- Product Dimensions: 23 x 16.4 x 4 cm
- Books to read before you die. This is one of my personal recommendations of books that have moved me so much I have no hesitation in recommending them.
This is the one Egon Schiele book I come back to time and again. It's hard to believe that by the time Schiele died at the age of 28 in 1914 he had produced over 3,000 works. This book is important because it concentrates on what, for me, made Schiele the most important artist of his age (and one of the most important of any age for that matter): namely, the drawings and to a lesser extent the watercolours. We all know about the oils (numbering aroung 200) but it is in the lighteness of the drawings that you get a real sense of a master draughtsman. If you get the book just look at his lines, watch them flow effortlessly, follow, follow follow ...
When you realise that he executed nearly 3,000 drawings and watercolours in a roughly 12-year period it's not surprising he mastered these mediums and made them his own. The book shows his progression and it's exciting to turn the page to see where he is going, what he has left behins. Access to these types of work have always been restricted by the simple fact that they are so fragile (imagine them disintegrating into nothing until the work of Schiele becomes just a whisper, a rumour and you will know that what came after would never have been the same) and dispersed into various collections. This book goes some way to addressing that.
Needless to say, Schiele led a fascinating life and this book captures that by describing it with a year by year account of the artist's progress; and how his family life and personal life changed over time. All that was around him is captured in a kind of timelock in the pages of the book.
The author Jane Kallir, is the guru of all things Schiele and was responsible for the awesome catalogue raisonne. Highly recommended.
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