The limited yet bright colour palette that Schiele limits himself to here adds to the arresting nature of this self-portrait. The folded hands and slightly turned face suggest timidity, yet the bold colouring, stance and unwavering eye-contact make the lasting effect one of confidence.
Due to the condition of the original work, this print is only available up to 60 x 45 cm in our size and frame options.
Standing male figure (self-portrait)
Date of work
Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918) was an Austrian figurative artist. Mentored by Gustav Klimt, Schiele’s work used expressive lines, pops of bright colour, and a fluid sketch style. His radical approach to the human figure was both a source of celebration and scandal in his own time and for many years after. His choice of models and explicit nude portraiture lead to his arrest in 1912, and even 15 years after his death his work was condemned by Hitler as ‘degenerate art’ and disposed of through private sales or possibly even incinerated. Schiele died aged 28, a victim of the Spanish flu pandemic.