Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude

The Courtauld Gallery until the 18th January
Review by  Phoebe Fraser

The protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele broke the conventions of early 20th century art by creating both grotesque and beautiful depictions of nude figures. In this exhibition we see the daring path that he forged, his earlier work showing Klimt’s influence, his later pieces revealing his evolved and more personal style, placing him at the forefront of Austrian Expressionism. In his time, these paintings were seen as disturbing and still today in two rooms of the Courtauld the shocking impact of his work is felt by the modern audience. It is also plain to see how modern artists like Bacon and Schnabel have been influenced Schiele’s forms with their frank nature.

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(The gallery is just on the Strand, a 20 min walk from Lower School and it’s free for under 18’s.  The ticket also allows entry for the rest of the gallery collection, featuring esteemed pieces from the 18th-20th centuries, including Degas’ Ballerinas and Rodin’s dancing figures…and a cool collection of silverware once owned by the Courtauld family. The rest of the gallery is usually nice and quiet too, perfect for sketching.)
This show is not suitable for younger viewers. Please check with the gallery before your visit.

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