Egon Schiele was born on June 12, 1890 in Tulln, near Vienna, to a father of German and Protestant origin and a mother of Czech and Catholic origin. A little studious student, Egon entered the Vienna Academy at the age of sixteen. In 1908 he met Gustav Klimt, whom he was influenced by. Threatened with dismissal, he decides to leave the Academy. He then leads a chaotic life. In 1911, he linked up with an old Klimt model. In 1915, he left Wally and married. Enlisted as a volunteer, he went from barracks to barracks, but never to the front lines. Back in Vienna at the beginning of 1917, he enjoyed success as a social portrait painter. On October 28, 1918, his pregnant wife died of the Spanish flu. On October 31, Schiele also passed away. From his school years, Schiele demonstrated an ability to draw extremely quickly. The human figure and the nude will be his main sources of inspiration. Due to lack of funds, he first asks his sister, poor children or the patients of a women's clinic. Subsequently, his partner Wally, then his wife, will be his main models. Indeed, his erotic works are sought after by amateurs, despite a sometimes brutal, even morbid vision.
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