Egon Schiele was born on June 12 1890 in Tulln. He studied at the Viennese Academy with Christian Griepenkerl. Especially Gustav Klimt's influence can be felt in his early, but he only met him personally in 1910. Soon, especially in the depiction of the human figure, a different artistic conception emerged, which had nothing to do with the homely finiteness of art nouveau. Entirely anti-academic and in radical subjectivity, Egon Schiele often showed his models in a sometimes bizarre, cramped pose, with elongated and twisted limbs. The skin often appears like sore, annoying, and translucent. In nearly one hundred self-images, Egon Schiele always focuses on his own, studies his body and his face almost manically.
In 1909, the artist left the Viennese Academy and formed the "Neukunstgruppe" with the Austrian painters Anton Faistauer, Franz Wiegele, and Paris von Gütersloh. In 1909 Egon Schiele took part at the "International Kunstschau Wien" with four of his works. He soon became acquainted with the collectors Carl Reininghaus and Oskar Reichel. In 1911, Egon Schiele moved to Krumau. There he created views of the city and vineyards. In 1913, Egon Schiele was admitted to the "Association of Austrian Artists". He showed his works in numerous important exhibitions. The Berlin editor of the magazine "Die Aktion" has repeatedly commissioned him with illustrations.
In 1918, Egon Schiele achieved a terrific success as almost all of his 50 paintings and drawings, which he showed at the exhibition of the Viennese Secession, were sold. Egon Schiele passed away on October 31, 1918 in Vienna.