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Seated Woman With Bent Knee

Egon Schiele’s 1917 canvas Seated Woman With Bent Knee is an intense early Expressionist painting completed just a year before the artist’s premature death. A friend and student of his fellow Viennese artist Klimt, Schiele was a man more at odds with the repressively conservative world of early-twentieth century Vienna and felt more acutely the misery of the First World War. Inviting the young artist, aged only 19, to exhibit some of his work alongside Munch and Van Gogh, Klimt freed Schiele from the stylistic confines of the Academy, allowing him to paint reproductions from life of frank and sexualised nudes.

Unlike Klimt, whose works were suffused with the glory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Egon Schiele came of age during a time in which the ideas of Freud and the popularity of existentialism were being disseminated. Existentialism stressed the importance of the nature of existence over the nature of wildlife. Philosophers espoused the idea of that which is learned and the creation of meaning in one’s own life is tantamount. Scheiele, arguably more radical and subversive than Klimt, was interested in the themes of passion, death, and the sacred. He painted disjointed, seemingly dismembered nude portraits and self-portraits in a fraught exploration of the innocence and fragility of the human form.

Painted in 1917, a year before the end of World War I, Schiele’s Seated Woman With Bent Knee is a distant meditation on the feminine. Schiele would take Klimt’s revolutionary use of sensual and sexualized bodies a step further. Through a close relationship with the artist and his contemporaries as part of the Vienna Secession movement, as well as a deep exploration of the psychology of fellow-Austrian Sigmund Freud, Schiele created jagged and elastic nudes that expressed the fragility and loneliness of the body in a time of war.

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Seated Woman With Bent Knee Egon Schiele

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