SCHIELE IN PRISON
By Alessandra Comini
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In April of 1912, twenty-one-year old Austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890–1918), known for his frank depictions of erotica as well as his Expressionist portraits, was arrested and imprisoned in a basement cell in the rural town of Neulengbach, some twenty miles from Vienna. There he made agonized diary entries and created twelve drawings of his dank surroundings. Half a century later, in August of 1963, as an enterprising PhD student from Texas in search of all sites and persons having to do with Schiele, the author of this book did what no previous scholar had yet done. She located and photographed the forgotten cellar and cell in which Schiele had been unjustly incarcerated. This book presents an English translation of the artist’s extraordinary prison diary, a biographical chronology, and two essays, one concerning Schiele’s cultural context, and the other, an enlightening analysis of the pungent artworks created in prison.
Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Alessandra Comini was awarded Austria’s Grand Medal of Honor for her books on Viennese artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Her Egon Schiele’s Portraits was nominated for the National Book Award and her The Changing Image of Beethoven, a pioneer study in reception history, is used in classrooms around the country. Both books in new editions are now available from Sunstone Press as well as Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and The Fantastic Art of Vienna. Comini’s travels, recorded in her memoir, In Passionate Pursuit, also from Sunstone Press, extend from Europe to Antarctica and are reflected in her Megan Crespi Mystery Series: The Munch Murders, Killing for Klimt, The Schiele Slaughters, The Kokoschka Capers, The Kollwitz Calamities, and The Kandinsky Conundrum, all published by Sunstone Press.
PREFACE TO NEW EDITION
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