Egon Schiele

Almost a Lifetime

Edited by Christian Bauer

Egon Schiele

Edited by Christian Bauer

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

306 pages | 200 color plates | 8 3/4 x 11 1/4 | © 2015
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9783777424071 Published October 2015 For sale in North America and Japan only
One of the most important artists of the early twentieth century, Egon Schiele is vastly influential—not just in his native Austria, where he was a major figure of Austrian expressionism, but around the world. Yet Schiele spent almost his entire life in Vienna and Lower Austria, and the cultural currents of the region can be seen in the ways he thought about and made art.
           
With Egon Schiele: The Beginning, Christian Bauer focused on Schiele’s early life and work, starting with his childhood in Tulln and following his career through his resignation from the Vienna Art Academy in 1909. Now, with Egon Schiele: Almost a Lifetime, Bauer sheds new light on how Schiele developed the essential elements of his creative practice—in Tulln and Vienna, but also Krems, Klosterneuburg, Neulengbach, and Mühling, where the artist was put to work in a POW camp and painted a number of imprisoned Russian officers. Drawing on recent research and a cache of unpublished photographs, the book explores a number of previously neglected influences on Schiele’s work, including his interest in x-ray technology and the art nouveau style of the artist and aristocrat Franz von Stuck.
           
Schiele’s work continues to inspire artists, critics, and collectors today. Packed with beautiful, large-scale reproductions, Egon Schiele: Almost a Lifetime shows the artist in the context of his homeland, including in the later stages of his career.
Contents
Foreword
Working with the Heart, Breathing Soul into the Work

Christian Bauer
A Child of the Train Station, a Giant of Modern Art
Egon Schiele between Tulln, Krems, Klosterneuburg, and Vienna—His Childhood, Networks, Symbolism, and Art of Expression

Günter Wagensommerer
Egon Schiele’s and Neulengbach

Christian Bauer
Places of Desire and Townscapes
Egon Schiele’s Paintings of Krems and Stein

Sandra Tretter
“But What Should be Said About the War Today? A Pity for Each Hour More That it Lasts”
Egon Schiele’s war diary of 1916

Wolfgang Krug
Landscapes on the Brink of War
Egon Schiele in Mühling

Wolfgang Krug 
1918: The Great Finale
Egon Schiele and Koller Family

Plates

Nicole Fritz
“Flowers I Would Like to Speak…”
The motif of the sunflower in Egon Schiele’s œuvre

Alessandra Comini
Searching for Egon Schiele in Lower Austria

Acknowledgements
Picture Credits
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