08 June 2011

Winter trees and cold bones

It is wild weather here today with icy winds blowing straight off Antarctica.

Whenever I am icy cold, I think of Egon Schiele.

Schiele was an Austrian artist (1890-1918). He was a contemporary of Gustav Klimt and is famous for his figurative drawings. Most of his subjects look a bit hungry and cold: all protrudung bones and hollow eyes.

Schiele died of Spanish Influenza at the age of 28 and is considered one of the great European Expressionist artists.

He also did a few beautiful landscapes. When I look out the window today, it looks a bit like this.

Egon Schiele, Autumn tree in movement, 1912