Egon Schiele (Austrian, 1890–1918), Small Tree in Late Autumn, 1911, oil on canvas, 42 x 33.5 cm (16.5 x 13.2 in), Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria.
Egon Schiele’s artworks, full of distorted figures, eroticism and anguish were unpopular images during his lifetime. An Austrian Expressionist and protégé of Gustav Klimt’s, Schiele (1890 – 1918) died prematurely from the flu, producing almost 3,500 mesmerizing artworks during his short lifetime. Best-known for his nudes and semi-nudes posed in disconcerting contortions, Schiele also created emotionally-wrought self-portraits and allegories. While under arrest for immorality and seduction, he used his 24-day imprisonment to create numerous watercolors and drawings.