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Egon Schiele (Austrian, 1890-1918), Danae, 1909, oil and metal on canvas
Is this Egon Schiele painting creepy or what? A docent friend off to Delaware and Philadelphia on a docent museum tour texted it to Ciwt from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Schiele was a master at erotic, sensuous creepiness and the Greeks were even better at it with their myths. Danae's story is so dark and convoluted Ciwt can't begin to understand it but believes Schiele has captured its harsh, unsettling essence.
Perhaps he was uniquely qualified. He was a supreme, prolific graphic talent who produced some of the finest examples of drawing in the 20th century. And, with his insatiable sexual appetite he was certainly no stranger to the dark and convoluted; his brief but licentious lifestyle was marked by scandal, notoriety and a tragically early death from influenza.
"Art cannot be modern. Art is primordially eternal." Egon Schiele