Egon Schiele’s Hands

Egon Schiele, the Austrian painting from the 20th century is well known for his pornographic, disturbingly sexual artworks of both females and males. The artist spent much time life drawing using models with a close relationship to himself including his wife, mistresses, sister and sometimes prostitutes he would pull n from the streets of Vienna. Schiele idolised and later was gifted with the chance to work with Gustav Klimt, another Austrian artist. The two painters focused on elongating the human body, which is evident in Schiele’s work.

I decided to look at the way Egon portray hands because I find he produced very elongated, boney lengthy hands which create a disturbing creepy feeling to his way of working. I think this stems from his ideology of never taking his eyes away from the model especially during life drawing. Schiele did this because I believe he had a strong connection between his hands and his eyes and so his eyes trusted his hands to interpret what he saw. The way he produces hands is fascinating because in many of his works, the pen does not leave the paper and creates long figurative works with curls and movement. The intense areas where he uses the pen a lot create the wrinkles and knuckles on the work.

The Austrian figurative painter Egon Schiele, created works with interesting and different hand gestures. The hands may not have necessarily been the centre of the work but they truly add a twist to the work. The hands in his work have been described as being ‘dislocated and unnatural’. The distortedness of his hands creates a mood within the work because the shape, angle and intensity of the gesture can determine the mood of the figure in the piece. The way Schiele has angled and shaped the hands has created a ugly yet quite beautiful hand.

Author: ninasartspace

Based in Cardiff studying Fine Art at the Metropolitan University. Originally from East Sussex. The career goal is Art Therapy with adults who suffer from PTSD and other mental issues which affect so many of us on a daily basis.

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