Artwork Title: Sitzender männlicher Akt (Selbstbildnis) (Sitting Male Nude, Self Portrait) - Artist Name: Egon Schiele

Sitzender männlicher Akt (Selbstbildnis) (Sitting Male Nude, Self Portrait)

Egon Schiele, 1910

Schiele's self-portraits are extraordinary not only for the frequency with which the artist depicted himself, but for the manner in which he did so: eroticized depictions where he often appears in the nude, in highly revealing poses—male self-portraits virtually unparalleled in the history of Western art. In this drawing, the artist has created an intense and almost frightening vision of himself: emaciated, with glowing red eyes, legs deformed and footless, his body fully exposed, yet with his face partially hidden, perhaps suggesting a sense of shame, and in a twisting pose indebted, as many writers have suggested, to the important influence of modern dance. Characteristic of the Expressionist mode that Schiele was increasingly practicing at this time, he expresses his anxiety through line and contour, and flesh that appears abraded and subjected to harsh elements. (
self portraitnude maleblack chalkwatercolor and gouache on paper

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