Egon Schiele – Selfportrait
Gustav Klimt – Naked Woman
An important exhibition, comparison and confrontation of the arts of two of Vienna’s painters from the beginning of the 20th century: the ‘teacher’ Klimt and the ‘student’ Schiele, was orchestrated at the Royal Academy in London.
The importance and influence of the art of Egon Schiele (1890-1918, Austria) to comics art was never fully investigated. However, the psychologically disturbed portraits, expressive body shapes, with the brush stroke similar to drawing, can be seen undoubtedly in the art of many comics artists (Munoz, Breccia, Toppi, Battaglia).
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918, Austria) was mainly interested in the female body, with strong eroticism and influenced by Japanese paintings. His popularity was huge and on some paintings he used golden leaves. He influenced and worked closely with his protege Schiele, and both men died in the same year.