The Unflinching Eye of Egon Schiele, Bonhams, 31 October - 16 November 2022
Until mid-November, Bonhams London hosts a small collection of Egon Schiele's works on paper (and one landscape in oil) from 1910 and 1911, when the artist was 20 years old. Representing one of the most extensive collections of the artist's work in the UK, the fifteen drawings and paintings demonstrate his wonder at the human body, both in its beauty and grotesqueness.
The exhibition notably includes the 1911 work, Moa, previously been on loan with the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Unusually, Schiele identifies the dancer in the inscription; a testament to importance of her as a muse. The works on show are quite remarkable for both their boldness and fragility with washes of colour elevating some, whilst the sparseness of others revealing the elegance of their construction. Schiele's use of line is often incredible to witness for his confidence in representing the edges and overlaps of the body.
Away from the human figure, represented here is also a rare depiction of Schloss Neulengbach, Austria. Schiele lived in Neulengbach during this period and for a time was imprisoned in the gaol on charges related to the perceived immorality of his work. Upon his arrest around 125 drawings were confiscated by police, one of which was burnt in court making an example of the artist. A loss in the oeuvre of a man who died aged just 28.