Egon Schiele (1890-1918) was an Austrian painter who lived in Vienna. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. His work is noted for its intensity and for the many self-portraits that the artist produced. Some view Schiele's work as being grotesque, erotic, pornographic, or disturbing, focusing on sex, death, and discovery. He focused on portraits of others as well as himself. In his later years, while he still worked often with nudes, they were done in a more realist fashion. Schiele participated in numerous group exhibitions during his short lifetime, including those of the Neukunstgruppe in Prague (1910) and Budapest (1912), the Sonderbund, Cologne (1912), and several Secessionist shows in Munich (1911). In 1913, the Galerie Hans Goltz, Munich, mounted Schiele's first solo show. A solo exhibition of his work took place in Paris (1914). More recently his work has been exhibited at the National Gallery, London, UK (2013-4).
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