A masterpiece of Expressionism, the portrait of Eduard Kosmack by Egon Schiele captures the sitter’s withdrawn character through bony hands and tightly pressed arms. The male portrait in oil on canvas is located in the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria. Schiele, known for over-accentuating powerful aspects of personalities to win patrons’ approval, created a raw and intense portrayal of Kosmack’s personality.
As an Austrian painter who produced over 3000 artworks in his short life, it was at Galerie Hans Goltz in Munich where Schiele first mounted his solo show. The painting also exists as a charcoal sketch on paper in a private collection. Although Schiele never gained widespread recognition during his lifetime due to his graphic depictions that often pushed boundaries, he has become recognized as an influential artist within Expressionism.
Overall, Schiele’s artwork achieves its aim of capturing Eduard Kosmack’s personality with impressive accuracy while adhering to distinct characteristics of Expressionism art style.