Gerti Schiele (1909) by Egon Schiele

Gerti Schiele - Egon Schiele - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleGerti Schiele
ArtistEgon Schiele
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions139.5 x 140.5 cm
Art MovementArt Nouveau
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US
Location Created Vienna, Austria
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About Gerti Schiele

The artwork entitled “Gerti Schiele” was crafted by the renowned artist Egon Schiele in 1909. This oil on canvas portrait employs the distinctive style of the Art Nouveau movement. The painting measures an imposing 139.5 by 140.5 centimeters and currently finds its home in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) located in New York City, NY, US. The creation of this engaging portrait took place in Vienna, Austria, reflecting both the cultural milieu of the era and the personal touch of the artist.

The artwork presents a figure depicted in profile, exuding a sense of elegance and poise. The lines used to portray the subject are expressive, with a noticeable lean towards angularity, a characteristic trait of Schiele’s work. The bold use of color is remarkable, where warm tones dominate the composition and contrasting patterns animate the dress of the subject. One can observe the intricate detailing on the garment, which adds a complex texture to the piece. The facial features of the subject are stylized yet discernible, contributing to the overall emotional depth of the portrait. The background is minimalistic, which serves to draw the viewer’s focus sharply towards the central figure. Overall, the artwork is a compelling representation of an individual, showcasing Schiele‚Äôs signature style and his contribution to early 20th-century portraiture.

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