• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

When I look at this portrait, the first thing that hits me is the way the artist, Egon Schiele, appears to have made himself look

Extracts from this document...


When I look at this portrait, the first thing that hits me is the way the artist, Egon Schiele, appears to have made himself look animated, like a cartoon. The way in which his right eye is rounded like a cartoon character and his left eye is squinting and almost shut, adds to the idea of a the portrait being a cartoon. The squinted left eye is as if he is sneaking around and evaluating his surroundings. If you cover the right side of the face (with the widely opened eye), it makes you realise that the left side with the squinted eye does not look very lifelike, but the two eyes seem to cancel each other out. The over exaggerated wrinkles on Schiele's face and neck make him look a lot older than he actually is. He was actually only 20 years old when he painted this portrait but the way in which he was exaggerated the wrinkles makes him look around 40 years old. ...read more.


His letters make it plain that he suffered from a degree of persecution mania (a feeling that others have evil designs against one's well-being) - for example, he wrote in a letter of 1910: 'How hideous it is here! Everyone envies me and conspires against me. Former colleagues regard me with malevolent eyes.' This information could back up the idea that Schiele was making himself look older in the paintings and look animated because he actually felt old, and the fact that the left eye is squinting as if looking around and being paranoid could also be due to his persecution mania at the time. The portrait is basically just an artist's self-portrait. Around this time, Egon Schiele became fascinated by his own appearance, and made self-portraits in large numbers. This is one of those portraits. The title does not give away any clues to the meaning or symbolism of the piece, it is just called "Self-Portrait Pulling Cheek". ...read more.


He also used watercolour for a lighter paint, and charcoal probably for the darker, shaded area of the clothes etc. In 1907, Schiele met his idol Gustav Klimt. Schiele showed him some of his drawings and Klimt liked them a lot. Klimt took an interest in Schiele and his work, and often bought some of his drawings and offering to exchange them for some of his own. This must have made Schiele feel good, to have one of his idols take an interest in his work. In 1909, Schiele left the Academy of Fine Arts after completing his third year. He found a flat and a studio and set up on his own. During this time, Schiele showed a strong interest in pubescent young children, especially young girls, who were often the subject of his drawings. He made many drawings from these willing models, some of which were extremely erotic. Schiele seems to have made part of his income by supplying collectors of pornography. Nowadays, this would be seen as illegal, and would almost definitely be frowned upon by most of the public. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Art section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Art essays

  1. When I first look at the 'Mona Lisa', I notice the intriguing look that ...

    Sfumato - In painting, the technique of blurring or softening sharp outlines by subtle and gradual blending (feathering) of one tone into another. The smoke like haziness of this effect slightly lessens the perception that a still image is entirely still, instead lending a vague sense of movement.

  2. Passions and obsessions evaluation. The first artist I looked at was Leonid Afremov, I ...

    doubts at times because I wasn't sure what I could do based on music however I think my final piece idea is quite creative. I think the work in my book shows how I got to my final piece quite well.

  1. Howard Arkley (1951-1999) was an Australian artist, born in Melbourne.

    The artist, Sarah Moth, lives on a property that is bush land, thus nature is her world. Through the processes of selection and manipulation each sculptural piece forms an individual acknowledgement of nature and its expressive beauty. The uniqueness of each piece will generate a diversity of observational opinions, symbolising

  2. On the floor I am more at ease, I feel nearer, more a part ...

    Pollock had become a symbol of the new artistic revolt, abstract expressionism , when he was killed in an automobile accident. His paintings are in many collections, including museums in New York City, San Francisco, Dallas, and Chicago. Pollock's poured paintings are as visually potent today as they were in the 1950s, when they first shocked the art world.

  1. Anyone who reads Don Quixote for the first time inevitably has some preconceptions about ...

    Its list of aficionados in the twentieth century include Unamuno, Gide, Thomas Mann, Kafka, Ha´┐Żek, Nabokov, Italo Calvino, Borges, Carlos Fuentes, Milan Kundera, Graham Greene. The lesson that they tend to draw from Don Quixote are two fold. One concerns the self-reflexive and self questioning nature of art, in relation to its own premises.

  2. Examine the significance of the portrait in

    The painting shows Dorian's true colours. He is a blackmailer, a drug addict and a murderer who hurts everyone around him and who knows him. If the portrait hadn't been there, we wouldn't have known how corrupted Dorian's soul was. From this book, it makes you wonder if everyone you know is just covering up their

  1. How did Brett Whiteley portray the body?

    Therefore with the use of women, Whiteley would be able to highlight what he would want to convey. Artist's Practice Whiteley is one of Australia's most renowned artists, he started his artistic career early in his life, and at 20 years of age, he went to Italy to further his field.

  2. Art Analysis - the first thing I did was use the technique of ...

    I am happy with how my work turned out. This is because I managed to create exactly what I was imagining. I believe that my work is successful as it has the intention to intrigue the audience into looking at it closer and understanding what the piece is.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work