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    Jun 12, 1890 - Oct 31, 1918
  • Embrace - Egon Schiele was a Austrian Expressionist Painter, was at odds with art critics and society for most of his brief life. Even more than Gustav Klimt, Schiele made eroticism one of his major themes and was briefly imprisoned for obscenity in 1912. His treatment of the nude figure suggests a lonely, tormented spirit haunted rather than fulfilled by sexuality.
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  • also known as Lovers II

    Oil on canvas
    98 x 169 cm
    Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Austria.

    When Egon Schiele painted Embrace (Lovers II) in 1917, his art had matured. While always preoccupied with sexuality, Schiele had broken with the writhing, emaciated nudes of his earlier work. The man and woman in Embrace (Lovers II) stand in stark contrast to the woebegone lovers found in such pieces as Seated Couple and Death and the Maiden. Here, Schiele opts to depict not anxiety but affection. The titular embrace is an intimate one, a perfect union of Schiele's newfound tenderness and signature sensuality.

    Painted just a year before his death at the age of twenty-eight, Embrace (Lovers II) shows Schiele at his most confident as an artist. The lovers in this piece are among the most expertly rendered three-dimensional figures Schiele ever created. Yet while certainly realistic, the man and woman also exude an expressionistic energy. The male figure envelopes the female figure in his arms as she strokes his shoulder and caresses the left side of his face. The way Schiele layers the brushstrokes on their flesh conveys the physicality of this moment brilliantly. Further accentuating the lovers' passion is the vibrant background, a textured mass of yellows, blacks and browns. A true sensualist, Schiele wants his viewer to meditate on his subjects, hardly allowing even a strand of his female figure's hair to fall off the canvas. This painterly generosity makes Embrace (Lovers II) one of the most fully realized works in Schiele's entire oeuvre.

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Other paintings by Egon Schiele:

Standing Figure with Halo
Standing Figure with Halo
Harbor of Trieste
Harbor of Trieste
Meadow, Church and Houses
Meadow, Church and Houses
Portrait of Eduard Kosmack with Raised Left Hand
Portrait of Eduard Kosmack with Raised Left Hand
Egon Schiele

b. 1890, Tulln, Austria; d. 1918, Vienna

Egon Schiele was born June 12, 1890, in Tulln, Austria. After attending school in Krems and Klosterneuburg, he enrolled in the Akademie der Bildenden Künste 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, Vienna, 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, Cologne, 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.