Seated Girl (1911) by Egon Schiele

Seated Girl - Egon Schiele - 1910

Artwork Information

TitleSeated Girl
ArtistEgon Schiele
MediumWatercolor on Paper
Dimensions48 x 31.5 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationHaags Gemeentemuseum voor Moderne Kunst, The Hague
Location Created Czech Republic

About Seated Girl

The artwork entitled “Seated Girl,” created by Egon Schiele in 1910, exemplifies the quintessence of the Expressionist movement. This watercolor on paper portrays a portrait genre, measuring 48 x 31.5 cm. Schiele completed this work in what is now the Czech Republic, and it is presently housed at the Haags Gemeentemuseum voor Moderne Kunst in The Hague.

The artwork depicts a young girl seated with an engaging mix of fragility and compositional strength that characterizes Schiele’s oeuvre. She possesses an almost ethereal presence, with the facial features delicately rendered against the sparse background. The painting is distinctive for its bold use of color and form, particularly in the patterned garment worn by the girl, which vividly contrasts against the understated tone of the paper. These colors and patterns draw the observer’s eye toward her form, emphasizing her seated position. The work’s linearity and Schiele’s stark portrayal of the subject present a powerful expression of human emotion and psychology, hallmarks of Expressionism.

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