100th Birthday of Egon Schiele
Egon Schiele is considered the foremost advocate of Austrian Expressionism. Born the son of a railroad official on June 12, 1890 in Tulln, Schiele passed the entrance examination to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in 1906. He was heavily influenced by Gustav Klimt and felt compelled during his lifetime by the graphic Flaechenkunst of Vienna's Sezession group. Dominated by tense lines and angular breaks, his paintings portray a conflict with sexuality which was misinterpreted by the general public of his time. The sad climax of this societal misinterpretation came in April of 1912 when Schiele was arrested under suspicion of having kidnapped a young girl. His resulting conviction for immoral drawings earned him twenty-four days in prison. Schiele died on October 31, 1918 at the age of 28 when he succumbed to the Spanish influenza then rampant in Vienna.
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