Sarena Lederer (1917; Vienna, Austria) by Egon Schiele

Sarena Lederer - Egon Schiele - 1917; Vienna, Austria

Artwork Information

TitleSarena Lederer
ArtistEgon Schiele
Date1917; Vienna, Austria
Art MovementArt Nouveau (Modern)
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Sarena Lederer

The artwork “Sarena Lederer” by Egon Schiele was created in 1917 in Vienna, Austria. This portrait is executed in watercolor on paper and is part of the Art Nouveau (Modern) movement. Currently, the piece is held in a private collection.

In the artwork, we see a portrait of a woman, presumably Sarena Lederer, depicted with an expressionistic style that is characteristic of Schiele’s work. Her face is the most detailed part of the painting, with prominent eyes that appear to be looking directly at the viewer, and intricate lines that render curly hair and distinct facial features. The colors used are quite subdued with a limited palette, emphasizing naturalistic tones with hints of red on her cheeks and lips. The rest of her body and clothing are outlined with swift, confident strokes, abstracting the form and suggesting the presence of intricate clothing or accessories. The clothing seems to flow with curving lines and loose shapes that indicate ruffles or folds. Schiele’s signature, with its unique square design, is clearly visible in the bottom right corner of the painting. The background remains plain, directing the focus entirely on the subject herself. The overall impact of the piece is one of intimacy and psychological depth, providing a glimpse into the character of the sitter as perceived through the artist’s eyes. Schiele’s line work and brushstrokes give the subject a sense of vitality and emotional resonance.

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