Friday, November 28, 2008

Mourning woman

Earlier this year, the wife and I spent a few weeks on holiday in central and eastern Europe. In Czesky Krumlov and Vienna we had the opportunity to see a substantial part of the works of the Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele (1890-1918), a protege of Gustav Klimt. I had always thought he died in the Great war (like Macke and Mark), but in a cynical twist of fate he actually survived the war only to succumb to the Spanish flu a few months later. Most of his work is extreme and not always to my taste, but I was struck by the painting depicted above in the Leopold Museum in Vienna. More on Schiele in the wikipedia article linked to below.