Harbor of Trieste (1907; Vienna, Austria) by Egon Schiele

Harbor of Trieste - Egon Schiele - 1907; Vienna, Austria

Artwork Information

TitleHarbor of Trieste
ArtistEgon Schiele
Date1907; Vienna, Austria
Dimensions25 x 18 cm
Art MovementArt Nouveau (Modern)

About Harbor of Trieste

The artwork titled “Harbor of Trieste” is an oil on cardboard painting by Egon Schiele, created in 1907 in Vienna, Austria. This piece is an example of the Art Nouveau (Modern) movement. The painting is relatively small with dimensions of 25 x 18 cm. The genre of the artwork is marina, which indicates a theme involving a harbor or a section of a port where maritime vessels are moored.

The painting captures the essence of a bustling harbor with a focus on both the vessels and the water. The composition is filled with details of the ships, including the rigging and the structures on the deck. The foreground features part of a large ship on the left, with its hull casting reflections and distortions into the water. The precise work on the varying tones and hues in the ship’s body displays Schiele’s attentiveness to the play of light on different surfaces.

In addition to the large vessel, we see smaller boats moored and afloat, with one notably to the right of the large ship, amidst a clutter of intricate marine equipment. The rippling water is artistically rendered with wavy lines that convey the movement of the surface caused by the presence of the boats. Schiele’s signature can be seen clearly in the top right corner, alongside the year ’07, which signifies the time of the artwork’s creation.

The color palette is somewhat muted, which resonates with Schiele’s style during this period. Earthy tones, alongside greens and blues, create a sense of realism while still manifesting Schiele’s unique artistic interpretation of the scene. Overall, the artwork is a richly dynamic scene of port life, showcasing Schiele’s capability to blend representation with his own expressionistic tendencies.

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