Scornful Woman (1910) by Egon Schiele

Scornful Woman - Egon Schiele - 1910

Artwork Information

TitleScornful Woman
ArtistEgon Schiele
MediumWatercolor on Paper
Dimensions45 x 31.4 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
Location Created Czech Republic

About Scornful Woman

The artwork titled “Scornful Woman” is an expressive piece created by Egon Schiele in 1910. As a renowned figure of the Expressionist movement, Schiele executed the piece using watercolor on paper, measuring 45 x 31.4 cm. This portrait, held in a private collection, captures the essence of Expressionism through its vivid portrayal and dramatic character. The subject’s creation took place in the Czech Republic, showcasing Schiele’s distinct style and artistic exploration during that period.

“Scornful Woman” is a compelling portrait characterized by Schiele’s signature style, which includes a stark and emotive depiction of the subject. The woman in the artwork is rendered with bold contours and an intensely subjective portrayal of her facial features, reflecting a sense of inner turmoil or disdain. Her dramatic expression is accentuated by the use of contrasting colors and the stark white outlines that define her form against the muted background. The rough, almost aggressive handling of the watercolor medium contributes to the overall impact of the piece, evoking a strong emotional response from the viewer. The woman’s pose, with one arm across her torso and a hand clutching at her blouse, further adds to the dynamic tension present in the artwork. Through these elements, the portrait exemplifies the emotional power and psychological depth that lie at the heart of the Expressionist movement.

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