Seated Girl in Slip
Seated Girl in Slip, Egon Schiele, 1917. Gouache, watercolour, and black crayon. Private Collection. Scan from Egon Schiele: Drawings and Watercolours, Jane Kallir.
Egon Schiele is undoubtedly one of my favourite expressionist artists, with Toulouse-Lautrec maybe. They share this very special way of picturing faces, bodies, clothes, with strong and graphic lines, sketchy style and layered textures. I would like to call them illustrationists.
I find Schiele’s drawings very romantic, despite the omnipresence of nude in his work. The clothes are always very detailed, draped or creased and seem to have an history and carry some kind of mysterious meaning, as the characters who wear them.
I love the subtle touches of gouache and watercolour on this picture, one of Schiele’s 3000 drawings. The Austrian artist painted it in 1917, only one year before his (very early) death at the age of 28.