Selbstbildnis Mit Lampionfruchten (Self-Portrait with Physalis)1912 by Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele has executed many self portraits, and Self Portrait With Physalis from 1912 is his best-known one. It depicts the 22-year-old artist that is at the same time self-confident and fragile. The composition is balanced and every line finds its continuation or a counterpart to which it corresponds. The hair and the body of the artist are cropped by the edges of the painting and the slender branches with the colored red physalis fruit is depicted in the background. During this period, Schiele was extremely productive and his expressionistic style of painting became somewhat calmer and more realistic.
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