Egon Schiele - Jenny Saville

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Egon Schiele - Jenny Saville

Foreword by Christoph Becker, Texts by Oskar Bätschmann, Martin Harrison, Diethard Leopold, Helena Pereña Sáez, Franz Smola, Oliver Wick, graphic design by Heinz Hiltbrunner
2014. 176 pp., 163 ills.
30.10 x 40.30 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3851-4

An encounter between a seminal Austrian Expressionist and a Young British Artist

The main body of work by painter Egon Schiele (1890–1918), who died at an early age, was produced within barely a decade. His famous nudes unwaver­ingly probed the existential core of human experi­ence. The paintings of Jenny Saville (* 1970 in Cam­bridge) are no less intense in terms of their physicality and confrontational stance. This catalogue brings to­gether the works of these two artists for the first time. Revealed is the stylistic and thematic proximity of the body-landscapes and portraits by the two young “stars”—despite the decades separating their work and their varying use of the brush. The paint­ings and drawings of both artists lend the human body an insistent corporeality, which is rendered in every detail. In Schiele’s self-portraits, usually small-format works, the pose, the accentuated view from below, and gestural style give the images a visual impact equal to the forceful punch of Saville’s giant formats.

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