Egon Schiele (1890 - 1918) was an Austrian painter, a protege of
Gustav Klimt and important figurative painter of the early 20th
century. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that
characterize his paintings and drawings mark the artist as one an
earliest exponent of Expressionism. In Schiele's early years, he
was strongly influenced by Klimt and Kokoschka but soon evolved
into his own characteristic style. Some critics view Schiele's work
as being grotesque, erotic, pornographic, or disturbing, focusing
on sex, death, and discovery. Shiele answered to them in that way:
"To restrict the artist is a crime. It is to murder germinating
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