Klimt and Schiele: Drawings

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele were among the most daring and controversial artists in Vienna during the culturally turbulent decades around the turn of the twentieth century. They worked out their provocative depictions of the human body, created in a search for psychological truth as well as physical realism, in the direct and intimate medium of drawing. In Klimt’s studies, the distinctive character or unsettling emotional resonance of the person portrayed comes through in the artist’s delicate, sinuous lines. The striking presence of the individual in Schiele’s more finished drawings, often rendered with extreme frankness and bold coloration, pulses with dramatic immediacy.