Egon Schiele’s Self-portrait With Raised Right Elbow is an Expressionist painting, created in 1914 in Vienna, Austria. The portrait showcases Schiele’s peculiar style and features the artist staring wildly. The color scheme of the painting is primarily brown, but specific areas of the body have been tinted red for effect. This self-portrait portrays Schiele showcasing his psyche to the viewer.
As Gustav Klimt’s protégé, Egon had developed unique traits at a young age that would turn him into one of the most poignant figurative painters globally. He idolized Klimt when he was younger and revered him much as every teenager idolizes its heroes.
He painted this portrait during his early twenties when he was obsessed with self-expression to showcase various aspects of himself visually such as internal anxieties, sexuality-related concerns and fear of death issues. For instance, several full-figure paintings more explicitly illustrate emotional turmoil that occurred naturally within himself at times.