Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele

The Great Austrian Distorter. How sensitive, ( tortured, even.?? ) and daring is his response to the form in front of him. I love the way he draws hands...a study in itself.the way his own treat the hands of others. I traced over one of his drawings in order to clarify what it was in his work that appealed so directly to me and I figure , as someone who uses a pencil on a daily basis, that there's a very hip elasticity to his line, great expertise, but also a slightly unhinged insistence on unconventional poses,unlikely and tangily expressive tensions. As Miles Davis said in a completely different context, " It's like putting lemon on fish." I wanted to investigate one of his more explicitly sexual drawings, not simply to frighten the horses, but to show how elegantly he deals with this most primal aspect of our humanity. But, dear reader, my Bourgeois bits beat me, and I chickened out. You'll have to investigate further yourself.

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