A short introduction to the history of the beginning of the 20th century
The beginning of the 20th century is undoubtedly one of the more turbulent, but at the same time historically more interesting periods, although it is difficult to find positive aspects of everyday life of the gray individual in it. Considering what kind of artist we are now taking into account, a little closer to the historical background for Egon Schiele's work is something that cannot be overlooked, to at least try to understand his art,
The very beginning of the 20th century is a period full of contrasts, understatements, to the extent that historians themselves do not fully agree when the 20th century really began, and it is often the moment of the outbreak or end of the World War I that is considered the cut-off date. The changes initiated at the end of the 19th century by the industrial revolution reflected on society long after that, in a way that is still being discussed today when we think about the progressive automation of production. The difficult economic situation of the poorest social stratas and the external compulsion to find oneself in the new reality resulted in increasing social tensions. Add to this the unstable situation on the international political scene and technological progress, and in return we get a recipe for an armed conflict of a scale that has not yet been seen.
Egon Schiele, Standing Half-Nude with a Brown Shirt, 1913
The Life of Egon Schiele
Egon Schiele is an Austrian painter and graphic artist born in 1890, working at the beginning of the 20th century in Vienna. Egon is one of those characters that cannot be ignored. A playboy, adventurer, a controversial figure - however we would not define him, the fact is that his painting, next to the work of such eccentrics as Freud or Mozart, is one of the focal points on the map of Austria's cultural heritage. A protégé of Gustaw Klimt himself, he created his own, unique style inspired by Art Nouveau, combining elements of symbolism and expressionism. We can argue about whether Egon Schiele's paintings are appropriate or not, whether he is vulgar in his message, or whether he was able to skillfully capture the elusive. One thing is certain - Egon Schiele is the king of contrasts and, like no other, he was able to smuggle in his portraits the psychological depth of the problems plaguing the society of his time. Egon Schiele is a figure as tragic as the times in which he lived. Remarkable talent, rebellious nature and a tragic end that is as symbolic as his paintings. Egon Schiele died in 1918 during an epidemic of the infamous Spanish flu that decimated Vienna, the day before the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Although the choice of excessively slim models was dictated by Schiele's personal preference, most of these girls (often minors!) were the personification of the material situation in which they found themselves - skinny, tousled hair, lost in the hostile world in which they lived. But do any of us reflect on this when looking at the paintings of Egon Schiele? We often omit this aspect, focusing only on aesthetic values and controversial content, completely ignoring their psychological dimension. It got a bit gloomy so let's move on to a bit nicer topics.
Paintings by Egon Schiele
The painting of Egon Schiele is characterized by a minimalist form, a strong angular contour, sometimes even geometrical representations of the human figure and, or rather, above all, neutral colors intertwined with contrasting, strong colors. Take a look at the painting "Nude With Blue Stockings Bending Forward", for example. A woman curled up, portrayed from above, on whose body blue stockings look like a ribbon, are the only accent and color dominant. Also note the combination of the two main colors - brown and blue - which are on opposite sides of the color circle.
Egon Schiele, Nude With Blue Stockings Bending Forward, 1912
Typical of Egon Schiele is also the dynamic composition and usually vertical orientation. Characters are never centered, nor do they have a point of balance. His paintings, however, do not give the impression of disharmony, they are perfectly balanced, and the weight of the composition is translated into a color accent, diagonal lines of the human figure and a strong contour, which clearly shows the influence of his master, Gustav Klimt. Elegant minimalism, typical of modernism, perfectly harmonizes with the sensual, often obscene theme of his paintings.
Art reproductions - posters on canvas
However, departing from serious historical and artificial analyzes, we move on to slightly lighter topics and we will advise you on how to use our posters on canvas in interior design. Reproductions of Egon Schiele's paintings are certainly an addition that will work in most rooms, although we are aware that the work of this Viennese artist is not for everyone.
Neutral browns and beiges will work well in cool rooms, standing out against the background of cold gray or blue. The subject of his paintings is an interesting contrast to the raw, industrial atmosphere
Classic white is also a perfect backdrop for canvas posters with reproductions of Egon Schiele's paintings. The modernist manner of his painting works well in minimalist interiors, emphasizing the good design of modern furniture, inspired by the 1970s.
As ardent supporters of less obvious combinations, we could not omit these from our list. The stone on the walls is quite an extravagant choice, and combined with the simplicity of the Bauhaus-inspired furniture, it is a perfect background for Egon Schiele's paintings.
Among our products you will find a selection of the most interesting works by Egon Schiele. The paintings, whose originals are worth a staggering sum today, are now available in the form of posters, which we print on high-quality canvas, perfectly reflecting the original colors. We are sure that posters with reproductions of Egon Schiele's paintings are a great way to diversify any interior.