Austrian painting

Portrait of Valerie Neutzel, Egon Schiele, 1912

  • Author: Egon Schiele
  • Museum: Rudolf Leopold Foundation, Vienna
  • Year: 1912
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Description of the picture:

Portrait of Valerie Neutzel - Egon Schiele. 1912. Oil on canvas. 110x140cm

The artist executed the portrait of his young sweetheart, muse and associate Valeri Neutzel in his usual manner inspired by the works of post-impressionists, especially Van Gogh. The attention of the viewer focuses on the wide-open eyes of the model. Naive, defenseless, on the other hand, experienced, sad, childish. The complexity of nature, extraordinary personality, inconsistency - in these eyes reveals the diversity of personality Valerie, its value for the artist.
Deliberately ugly face, rough features, make-up on the edge of decency. In each stroke, the persistent desire to look older than his years is guessed.
For the blue "eye" guessed difficult fate of the girl, the abundance of the most incredible events, tragedies and losses.
The abundance of white in the work - the author's attempt to justify the difficult past of the model, idealize it, cleanse from all sinful. Only fragmentary scarlet spots indicate the passion and vices: the lips, the inner rim of the cap, etc.
The monastic attire of the model comes into some conflict with fiery-red hair, sensual head tilt. The conflict acquires all the signs of provocation, so characteristic of many works of the master.
Despite the provocative nature of the work, the atmosphere of the portrait is very touching and sincere. Aesthetically, the portrait has something in common with Harlequins and Pierrot Picasso. Acting, pretending, acting, mixed with subtle sincerity, naivety and helplessness.

Other pictures of Egon Schiele
Self-portrait, 1914
Pregnant woman and death