March 8, 2013

Egon Schiele Sketchy Newborns

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The turn-of-the-last-century Viennese expressionist Egon Schiele has always creeped me out a bit, maybe half the time in a good way.

An OB/GYN friend giving the 20yo Schiele free rein at a maternity ward so he could paint newborns is probably on the other half.

Still, if unsentimental portraits that capture newborns' inherent, alien, weirdness are your thing, then Schiele is your guy, and this is your lucky week. This 1910 drawing was at Galerie St. Etienne's booth at the ADAA fair in New York.

Schiele, Newborn Baby, 1910 [crosstemporal's instagram]

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