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Work in focus: ‘The Cellist’ by Egon Schiele

Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna


Friday 9 November 2018
11am — 12pm

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Egon Schiele, The Cellist (detail), 1910.

Black chalk and watercolour on packing paper. 44.7 x 31.2 cm. The Albertina Museum, Vienna. Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Albertina Museum, Vienna.

Join author, art dealer and curator Jane Kallir as she delves into Egon Schiele’s mysterious watercolour, ‘The Cellist’.

Created in 1910, a pivotal year for Schiele’s development into his distinctive style, The Cellist exemplifies the artist’s transition from the Art Nouveau style of his mentor Gustav Klimt to heady world of Expressionism. The title, likely not to have originated with Schiele, references the subject’s otherwise inexplicable pose. Legs akimbo and left hand raised, the man appears to be cradling an invisible cello. But is he?

Here, as in many of his drawings, Schiele eliminates what most artists would consider an essential prop. This drives the subject from a real to an imagined space. The absence of context for the portrait forces the viewer to confront the The Cellist directly and to complete the picture through a process of imaginative interpretation.

Join Jane Kallir, author of the latest comprehensive catalogue raisonné of Schiele’s work in all mediums, as she discusses the importance of this work within Schiele’s short-lived, but influential career.

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Friday 9 November 2018

11am — 12pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£10, £6 concessions