Monday, May 3, 2010

Blessed be the day that I finally see an Egon Schiele creation. His paintings/sketches are raw, intimate, sensual, erotic and crude, sometimes confrontingly cruel, sadistic and narcissistic. Above all Schiele challenges our understanding of beauty and the human form. I was intrigued to learn how Schiele used Rodin's technique of 'continuous drawing'. He would sketch while never taking his eyes off his subject, contributing to what becomes visceral spontaneity on framed paper. I tried such a technique at home and was rather content with the results, it helped me separate my often destructive strive for aesthetic perfection from emotive expression.
Nu Assis 1910

"To restrict the artist is a crime. It is to murder germinating life."

"Art cannot be modern. Art is primordially eternal."

"At present, I am mainly observing the physical motion of mountains, water, trees and flowers. One is everywhere reminded of similar movements in the human body, of similar impulses of joy and suffering in plants."


  1. Hello!I have just found your blog and your great post on Egon Schiele who happens to be on the top of my list of my most inspiring artists.
    I also love your passage at the bottom about what your presently observing. I look forward to coming back and seeing more posts!

    Micci Cohan

  2. I loved your collection of painting quotes. Very profound. Keep writing.