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Schiele, Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait)
Egon Schiele, Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait), 1910, oil and gouache on canvas, 152.5 × 150 cm (Leopold Museum, Vienna). Created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.
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- What was your initial response to this painting before you ever started the audio for this video?(13 votes)
- It could be a scene from the Pink Floyd "The Wall" movie.(4 votes)
- This reminds me of the cartoon characters for the band "Gorillaz." Anyone else get that from this image?(8 votes)
- My initial respond was to regect the image because i feel a lot of agressiveness, but I steel get fascinated with this artists work.(1 vote)
- It's always somewhat interesting to me how most of these pieces have such a deep meaning, and yet nowadays when I am drawing something or looking at someone else's drawing, its just for fun, and doesn't normally have such a deep meaning like these do. I sometimes wonder if some of these pieces were just for fun and didn't really have a meaning, but the artist had to think of one in order to sell it or something similar. Just a thought.(7 votes)
- Why do you think the artist choose not to make the hands visible in this work?(4 votes)
- I think it was to draw you eyes to just one isolated area and maybe even express imperfection and put a twist on the age of "idealism".(4 votes)
- Dr. Zucker @1:52mentions "The eyes are red... leads to an interior intensity." I note also that the ears and nose should be in this list as they are red too. I would also think the lips or mouth would be too if they were visible and possibly the hands too even though we can not see them. I see this as connecting all the interfaces we as people have with the world and each other in a physical mode. Would anybody else also tend to think along those lines or do you think I am completely off base? I'm genuinely curious either way.(5 votes)
- why is the statue of the man have no head?(2 votes)
- The statue of the man has no head most likely to draw attention to how unnatural and how distorted the body actually is.(2 votes)
- Are there any other pieces of art that stresses the deformation of the body? This seems to be a very violent and scary topic, so I wouldn't be surprised if there are.(2 votes)
- Do you mean other pieces of different artists or other pieces by Schiele?(1 vote)
- This painting of people with distorted body parts truly shows a lot of emotion. It's very interesting.(2 votes)
- At0:50, why is the feet slightly cut off? Why did Schiele choose to paint it?(1 vote)
- Was there any question about his sexuality? It appears to me that the breasts are more female than male. Might that suggest internal conflict or some hybridization of the sexes? If so, what does that mean to you? Does this validate the newly popular scale of 0 to 6 of hetero to homosexuality?(1 vote)
- I also noticed that the breasts in the painting seem to portray breasts of a female more than of a male. Since this was a self portrait, this could shed some insight to his personal life or beliefs.(1 vote)
(lighthearted music) Male Voiceover: Auguste Rodin had been, perhaps, the first person to willfully distort, destroy the human body, which for thousands of years, had been something to represent fully and completely and reverentially; but, to do that in sculpture, meant to refer to the ancient Greek sculptures and their fragments. Egon Schiele, in 1910, does it in paint. Female Voiceover: It's a remarkably radical image. We're looking at the Seated Male Nude, a self-portrait by Egon Schiele, from 1910, in the Loepold Museum. Schiele's only 20 when he paints this. It's a really large square canvas, and he presents this figure, himself, his body with his feet cut off, and his hands tightly wound, stretched across diagonally on this empty white background. Male Voiceover: The hands are so wound, as you said, that you can't actually see them; so, he is simply his head, his torso, his limbs, without the parts of the body that we grasp the world with. He is literally floating unmoored. Female Voiceover: The expressiveness of the body reminds me of Michelangelo, the way that Michelangelo used the body to express emotion. Male Voiceover: Instead of the musculature, the heroism, the way that Michelangelo would imbue a body with divinity through its power, here we have a body that is virtually emaciated, that has been attenuated so that is almost will stretch and break. There is a delicacy and a sensitivity here. Look, for instance, at the hair on the legs, what they can, almost like the tendrils of an undersea creature, feel the slightest wind, feel the slightest pulse. There is a intensified perception that exists here. It's, in part, because the eyes are red, the nipples are red, the genitals are red, the navel is red. All that also speaks to a kind of interior intensity, so this is sexualized, it's violent, and he also seemed to be nothing but a physical shell that somehow is at odds with the intensity and the power of the emotional being within. Female Voiceover: It's amazing to me, the way that Schiele took himself so seriously as a subject for art. If you think about art history, its subjects are religion, the aristocracy, princes, kings; and here, at this moment at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, this portrayal of subjectivity, of this focus on the self, of expressing the self and using radical, formal means. Male Voiceover: The problem, then, that Schiele seems to have set for himself is, "How can I convey visually the external body as a means to understand the interior self?" (lighthearted music)