Nineteen-eighteen was a tough year for the Viennese Secession as both Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt passed. To mark the centenary of their deaths, this renowned East Coast institution is mounting an important exhibition of the artists’ figurative works.
“Klimt and Schiele: Drawn” is a significant exhibition on view soon at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, that examines both the divergences and compelling parallels between Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Egon Schiele (1890-1918) — particularly in their provocative depictions of the human body. Opening on February 25, the exhibition will highlight how Klimt and Schiele shared a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s talent.
“Yet,” as the MFA observes, “their work is decidedly different in appearance and effect: Klimt’s drawings are often delicate, while Schiele’s are frequently bold. Klimt often used these sheets as preparatory designs for paintings, while Schiele considered his drawings to be independent pictures and routinely sold them. Both deployed frank naturalism, unsettling emotional resonances, and disorienting omissions to challenge conventions and expectations in portraits, nudes, and allegories.
“Organized thematically, this selection of 60 drawings begins with the artists’ academic origins and then investigates how each shifted away from traditional training to more incisive and unconventional explorations of humanity.” The exhibition will continue through May 28. To learn more, visit the MFA, Boston.
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