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Egon Schiele's Women [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Jane Kallir

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28 Sep 2012
During his brief yet prolific career, Egon Schiele created hundreds of drawings, watercolours, and oil paintings of the women in his life. His work is generally regarded as Expressionistic, emotional, intense, autobiographical, and highly sexual. In this elegant and beautifully illustrated book, Jane Kallir examines Schiele's depictions of women to argue that there is more to these images than we realize. Drawing from the latest research as well as her own exhaustive familiarity with Schiele's entire oeuvre, Kallir explores four distinct periods, each characterized by a single figure or series of women: the artist's mother and sisters; the often anonymous models of the 'breakthrough' years, 1910 - 11; his lover, Wally Neuzil; and his wife, Edith, and her sister, Adele. Weaving together historical context, biographical information, and observations of the works, Kallir demonstrates how these women relate not only to Schiele's development but to the larger issue of feminine representation. Kallir offers a panoply of significant insights into a central aspect of the artist's achievement, which has never before been the subject of a focused study. Schiele's fans will treasure this beautiful and ground-breaking addition to the literature on this important artist.

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"The book, published by Prestel, is a careful examination on the evolution of Schiele's perception of various subjects .Jane Kallir emerges as the undisputed authority [on Schiele], able to share with us her uniquely rich, well-informed and endlessly fascinating view on a genius." - GalleryIntell"

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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Madonna or Whore or In Between 14 Dec 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Egon Schiele (1890 - 1918), almost 100 years after his death, remains a fascinating and controversial artist. Probably the foremost authority on the life and work of this enigmatic artist is Jane Kallir and in this book she manages to enhance even her own previous treatises on the significance of Schiele's art. This book was published in tandem with an important exhibition at Galerie St. Etienne and no matter how many books (including Kallir's long list) about Schiele, this book is a revelation and belongs in the library of all lovers of his art, of social historians and those who are interested in the studies of the feminist movement.

Egon Schiele does not fit the title of feminist as his drawings and watercolors show women, including teenage prostitutes, in poses both awkward and erotic. `He slept with some of his models, impregnating one of them, and went to jail on charges (later dropped) of abducting and molesting a 14-year-old girl. At the very least he was a product of a patriarchal Austrian culture that found female sexuality mysterious and threatening -- one that insisted upon the purity of upper-class brides but made Vienna the streetwalking capital of Europe.' As Kallir states, `he rejected the stereotypical views of woman that classified her as either Madonna or whore, chaste or sinful. He did not judge his women; he merely observed.'

This elegant, richly illustrated book with many of Schiele's drawing and paintings shows Schiele working through a long and impressively varied list of female models, including his mother; a rebellious sister who sometimes posed nude for him; anonymous pregnant women in a maternity hospital; a pair of young prostitutes known as the "black-haired girls"; his redheaded lover Wally Neuzil; and his strait-laced bourgeois wife, Edith. Kallir advances her argument that Schiele's approach to women was more progressive than we tend to think, especially when it is seen in the context of fin-de-siecle Vienna. The most transgressive works here are not the drawings of women masturbating (embracing other women). They are the watercolors of pregnant women, unexpectedly clinical Madonnas with weary, desperate faces. (The book tells us that Schiele obtained access to their hospital rooms by providing the doctor with an oil painting.) There is also a startling image of a newborn baby who seems to have tumbled from the birth canal right onto the page.

Jane Kallir's fluid style of writing mixes art history with psychology and the result is a book that is both magnificent to behold and educational in the finest sense of the term. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, December 12
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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding 6 Mar 2013
By ahigherauthority - Published on Amazon.com
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For decades,Jane Kallir has been wringing books out of Schiele's prodigious productivity , but I cannot recall a volume I have enjoyed more visually. The size of the illustrations is more than generous and the quality throughout is worthy of mention. I have studied Schiele for over 40 years and this volume is essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Book 4 Mar 2013
By Russell Munson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautifully printed book of a wonderful unique artist. There is no one like Schiele. Jane Kalir's text provides an excellent illumination to her superb curating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Egon Schiele's Women 25 Jan 2013
By jon p buschke - Published on Amazon.com
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One can study his art work in a number of directions, beautiful landscape, paintings, portraits of family and friends, and his erotic study of the figure, wort's and all. The many studies reflect the times in which he lived.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Jane Kallir. 8 Jan 2013
By Maurice Rapisura - Published on Amazon.com
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I discovered the existence of this book, when I went on line to get information on the exhibit of Egon Schiele drawings at the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. I ordered the book immediately as I knew I was about to visit New York and planned to go Galerie St. Etienne and I wanted a preview of this exhibit. This book was very informative and beautifully illustrated, and a high quality volume.
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