Two Kneeling Figures (Parallelogram) (1913; Vienna, Austria) by Egon Schiele

Two Kneeling Figures (Parallelogram) - Egon Schiele - 1913; Vienna, Austria

Artwork Information

TitleTwo Kneeling Figures (Parallelogram)
ArtistEgon Schiele
Date1913; Vienna, Austria
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Two Kneeling Figures (Parallelogram)

“Egon Schiele’s ‘Two Kneeling Figures (Parallelogram)’ is an artwork from 1913 that is part of a private collection. Originating from Vienna, Austria, the piece is a pencil on paper sketch and study, reflective of the Expressionism art movement. The genre of the work leans towards expressionist sketches, which often convey the artist’s emotional experience rather than an accurate representation of reality.

The artwork ‘Two Kneeling Figures (Parallelogram)’ by Egon Schiele features two figures drawn with swift, expressive lines typical of Schiele’s style. The pencil sketch shows the figures in a state of undress, with their bodies contorted in an unusual but dynamic composition that creates a sense of both tension and intimacy. The forms are elongated and the figures appear to be interacting with each other, though their exact movements are ambiguous. The drawing contains minimal shading, demonstrating an emphasis on the outline and the form of the bodies over the development of three-dimensional volume. The use of negative space and the stark contrast of the pencil on the light paper background contribute to the dramatic and emotional intensity of the piece.

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