Egon Schiele (1890-1918) was one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. A superb draftsman and colorist, he created images of startling emotional power. His figurative works displayed an uncanny intimacy that brought a new openness to the art of their time. Schiele's death at the age of 28 has added a mythic quality to his artistic achievements.
Organized by Renée Price, Director of the Neue Galerie, this exhibition presents more than 150 paintings and drawings by Schiele, and fills all the gallery spaces in the museum. The exhibition joins the collections of Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky, co-founders of the Neue Galerie; together, their collections comprise the finest gathering of works by Schiele in the United States.
The exhibition at the Neue Galerie spans the full range of Schiele's oeuvre, including portraits, self-portraits, allegorical compositions, and landscapes. The second-floor galleries contain several major paintings by the artist; historical materials related to his life; and his earliest works. The third-floor galleries present drawings created by the artist after 1909, when he made the decisive turn toward the development of his own style.