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Egon Schiele, Portrait

Egon Schiele biography

1890
Born on June 12 in Tulln an der Donau (Lower Austria)

1906
Following a rejection from the Wiener Kunstgewerbeschule, Schiele studies at the Academy of Fine Arts.

1907
Schiele moves into his own studio in Vienna and comes into contact with Gustav Klimt.

1908
First public exhibition (in the Kaisersaal room at Klosterneuburg Abbey).

1909
Four of Schiele’s works are shown at the International Art Exhibition in Vienna. Due to differences of opinion he leaves the Academy of Fine Arts and sets up the Neukunstgruppe.

1911
Schiele moves to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic with Wally Neuzil, his best-known model, were he paints his visionary city landscapes.

1912
Additional exhibitions, including a show at the Secession, follow.
As well as time spent in jail: after moving from Český Krumlov to Neulengbach in Lower Austria, Schiele is falsely accused of seducing a minor and kept in custody for 24 days.
He creates his two best-known works, Portrait of Wally and his Self-Portrait with Physalis (both of which can be seen at the Leopold Museum)

1913
The Association of Austrian Artists led by its president, Gustav Klimt, approves Schiele’s membership. Several exhibitions in Austria and Germany follow.

1914
Schiele’s poems are published in weekly journal Die Fackel. His art works are shown at exhibitions in Rome, Brussels and Paris.

1917
Schiele completes his military service at the Imperial Museum of Military History, where he curates exhibitions of war paintings and concentrates on his painting career.

1918
The 49th Vienna Secession exhibition is dedicated to Schiele. He also has his first taste of material success: virtually all of the 50 paintings and sketches on show at the exhibition are sold.
On 31 October he succumbs to Spanish Influenza. Schiele is laid to rest in Ober Sankt Veit cemetery in the Hietzing district of Vienna.

Schiele hotspots in Vienna: Leopold Museum, Belvedere, Wien Museum, Albertina, Museum of Military History

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