Egon Schiele Museum – the beginning
“He spent every free hour he had out in the meadows along the brook or in the woods drawing with colored pencils, sheet after sheet of his sketching pad.”
This is how a friend of the family remembered the teenager Egon, who had just started his studies at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. It is no wonder that the subjects of his early oil paintings are cityscapes and landscapes. His initial successes with exhibitions began when the sixteen year-old showed his work together with established artists of Klosterneuburg.
Early Paintings in the Egon Schiele Museum
The current exhibition features Egon Schiele’s early paintings. While the artist created these works in his teen years shortly after enrolling in the Vienna Academy, their image content clearly points to Klosterneuburg. Town and landscapes are the dominant themes of these early oils, which are mostly based on sketches from nature. The current exhibition at the Egon Schiele Museum features sixteen oil paintings form 1907 and 1908, which makes it the most comprehensive show ever devoted to Schiele’s early paintings. It brings together the complete respective holdings of Landessammlungen Niederösterreich as well as works from Städtische Sammlung Tulln and private collections.
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