Agony (1912) by Egon Schiele

Agony - Egon Schiele - 1912

Artwork Information

ArtistEgon Schiele
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions70 x 80 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationNeue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

About Agony

The artwork titled “Agony,” created in 1912 by artist Egon Schiele, is an oil on canvas that embodies the essence of Expressionism. Measuring approximately 70 by 80 centimeters, this genre painting is part of the collection housed at the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, Germany. The artwork vividly captures the emotional intensity and stylistic elements that are characteristic of Schiele’s approach and the broader Expressionist movement.

“Agony” displays two figures entwined in an embrace, features and limbs distorted in a style typical of Schiele’s work. Their bodies are rendered in angular, almost geometrical shapes, creating a sense of fragmentation. The use of color is intense and dramatic, with an array of reds, oranges, browns, and greens contributing to the overall emotional impact of the work. Faces and hands are rendered with particular attention, conveying the tormented expressions and clenched hands that epitomize the painting’s title. In keeping with Schiele’s exploration of the human condition, the artwork emanates a profound sense of emotional suffering and existential angst, inviting viewers into a deeply personal narrative of pain and vulnerability.

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