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    Jun 12, 1890 - Oct 31, 1918
  • Four Trees - 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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  • 1917
    Oil on canvas
    110.5 cm (43.5 in.) x 141 cm (55.51 in.)
    Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Austria.

    Four Trees was a stunning landscape painting by Egon Schiele in 1917.

    Schiele's Four Trees has great depth through contrasting lighting which draws attention to the mountains and bright sun in the background.

    Some believe that the trees on the edges of the painting are healthier to portray a belief from the artist that those who follow a more original route in life would be happier than those who chose more conservatively.

    Four Trees (Vier Baume) focuses the eye on a stunning sun sitting behind mountains in the background of the painting, whilst trees dot evenly across the foreground of this landscape painting.

    The contrast between brightness and darkness in this artwork have made it popular for Egon Schiele fans, and it has become one of the most reproduced of all paintings from his short but productive career.

    There has been some discussion that the varying conditions of the trees symbolise the healthy approach of being on the outside of society as opposed to following a more mainstream, conservative route through life.

    Whilst this painting remains Schiele's most famous landscape painting, other notable contributions included Yellow City, House with Shingles and Setting Sun.

    Discussion of Schiele's short but illustrious oeuvre is dominated by his portraits. Landscape paintings do extend to a large segment of his work, and also serve as an intriguing comparison to Klimt's own landscape paintings.

    Schiele's landscapes are considered by many to be a significant contribution to the school of European nature painting. They also underline the mastery of the artist and the way in which he could apply his expressive style to muliple genres.

    Expressionist artists such as Schiele would communicate emotions such as betrayal, sorrow, pride and passion in their work. Four Trees shows this perfectly, converting a standard landscape scene into a frenzy of colour and adapted form.

    It was around this time in the early 20th century when many lives were struggling, making this form of art an escape and an attraction in contrast to their own reality.

    Four Trees represents us a trees, with those on the outside of society being happier and healthier. In a way, this is a self-portrait, or at least a personal reflection from Egon on how he saw himself in relation to others.

    There is also a clever use of perspective which intrigues the eye and leaves more detail than you will initially have seen. A careful study of the different items in this landscape reveal that the artist has gone away from normal standards of landscape paintings in order to create this augmented reality.

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Other paintings by Egon Schiele:

House with Shingles
House with Shingles
Self Portrait 1914
Self Portrait 1914
Self Portrait with Hands on Chest
Self Portrait with Hands on Chest
Girl in Black
Girl in Black
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.