In early 2011, the Belvedere will devote a comprehensive exhibition to Egon Schiele (1890-1918), one of the most important Austrian artists of the twentieth century. The show is the first to focus on his portraits and self-portraits. Having been under the spell of Gustav Klimt during his early period, Schiele soon discovered his own mode of expression. By the time of his premature death he had created an impressive oeuvre that concentrates on the depiction of the human figure. In his portraits, Schiele tried to visualize his models’ states of mind, thus following the contemporary developments in psychoanalysis. As is attested to by his numerous self-portraits, the artist set out for the exploration of human emotions by observing his own personality. Displaying some 100 portraits and self-portraits - some of which will be on view in Austria for the first time - the show documents Schiele’s artistic evolution and his extraordinary accomplishments as a portraitist.
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