Egon Schiele’s “Seated Woman with Bent Knee," done in 1917, depicting a red-headed girl seated with her head resting on her bent knee looking at the viewer. She’s wearing shorts over black tights with white shoes and a teal sleeveless shirt.Black and white photograph of Egon Schiele by Anton Josef Trčka, from 1914, wherein he’s seated wearing a suit, looking at the camera, making gestures with his hands."Portrait of a Woman (Wally Neuzil)," by Schiele from 1912, illustrating a standing abstracted female figure surrounded by color blocks.Schiele’s abstracted "Self-Portrait," from 1911, showing him standing nude with one arm behind his back and the other raised, elbow up and forearm facing the ground. His ribs and bones are jutting out and his face painted grotesquely.Schiele’s "Seated Woman in Violet Stockings," painted in 1917, depicting a seated woman wearing purple stockings, her red curly hair pulled up, leaning back on her muscular arm looking at the viewer.

Many words have been used to describe the artwork of Egon Schiele: intense, grotesque, awkward, anguishing, pornographic, radical, honest, emotional, brilliant, ground-breaking, erotic and even feminist. One of the leading figures behind Austrian Expressionism (and a student of the famous Symbolist artist, Gustav Klimt), Schiele is perhaps best known for his bold depictions of women along with his distorted self-portraiture, both of which were undoubtedly explorations of the psyche and sexuality. However, no matter how you view the artist's oeuvre, or even his what-was-then-deemed scandalous and licentious lifestyle, there is no denying that his work played a prominent role in the shaping of modern art and ultimately reflected both Viennese society at that time along with the questioning of gender politics at the beginning of the 20th century.

Although dying of influenza at the young age of twenty-eight (only three days after his pregnant wife had passed), Schiele was astoundingly prolific during his brief career and certainly left behind an extraordinary collection of works and a fascinating story of notoriety to be told.

Read "8 Things that Will Change the Way You Think About Egon Schiele" to learn more fascinating facts about Schiele's life.Below is a quick snap of the selection of Egon Schiele books available at the Library. Click here for a full list.


TOP IMAGES (left to right): "Seated Woman with Bent Knee," 1917. Gouache, crayon and watercolor on paper. Národní galerie v Praze; Photograph of Egon Schiele by Anton Josef Trčka, 1914; "Portrait of a Woman (Wally Neuzil)," 1912. Gouache and pencil on paper, 24.8 x 24.8 cm. Private collection; "Self-Portrait," 1911. Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper, 20 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches. Metropolitan Museum of Art; "Seated Woman in Violet Stockings," 1917. Gouache and black crayon on paper, 29.6 x 44.2 cm.  Private Collection, © Courtesy Richard Nagy Ltd., London.