Self-Portrait Pulling Cheek (1910) by Egon Schiele

Self-Portrait Pulling Cheek - Egon Schiele - 1910

Artwork Information

TitleSelf-Portrait Pulling Cheek
ArtistEgon Schiele
MediumWatercolor on Paper
Dimensions44.3 x 30.5 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria
Location Created Czech Republic

About Self-Portrait Pulling Cheek

The artwork “Self-Portrait Pulling Cheek” by Egon Schiele, created in 1910, is an exemplary work of Expressionism executed in watercolor on paper. With dimensions of 44.3 by 30.5 cm, this self-portrait is part of the collection housed at the Albertina in Vienna, Austria. The artwork was created in what is now known as the Czech Republic. This piece is distinguished by its emotional intensity and raw portrayal of the self, characteristics often associated with the Expressionist movement.

In “Self-Portrait Pulling Cheek,” Schiele presents a striking and intense image of himself. His facial expression is complex and seems to convey a mix of introspection and perhaps discomfort or emotional strain, emphasized by the hand pulling on the cheek. The use of vivid and contrasting colors amplifies the sense of unease and inner turbulence. The artist’s gaze is direct and challenging, engaging the viewer in an almost confrontational manner.

The color palette is dominated by earthy and red tones, which adds to the sense of warmth and immediacy. Schiele’s brushwork is vigorous and apparent, with dynamic lines that trace the contours of the face and clothing, creating a palpable sense of movement and vitality. The background remains muted, allowing the figure to starkly stand out. This self-portrait is a testament to Schiele’s ability to capture the psychological depth and raw emotion of his subjects, which in this case, is himself.

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