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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Friendship is a mixed media artwork by Egon Schiele from 1913. It captures many elements of his style with which we are today still all so familiar. There are the elongated limbs and the emotionally charged embraces, for example, which helped mark him out as a master of portraiture.

One among the popular paintings of Egon Schiele is the painting by the name friendship, painted back in 1913. Having joined the school of art at his teenage years after the death of his father and later on joining the Viennese Secession movement brought out the talent of this man. He is well known for several famous paintings among them; Four Trees, House with Shingles, Setting Sun, Self-portrait with a black vase and a Portrait of Gerti Schiele to mention a few. He is seen to have advanced Klimt's works on female portraits most of which are nudes like; seated female nude, embrace, woman with long hair, friendship, and a girl with Yellow Scarf.

His works have similarities with other artist's works like ones for Gustav Klimt both having almost same artistic skills, but he did integrate much coloring in his works. His works used to display beside Edvard Munch's and Vincent Van Gogh work. Friendship painting is one example where a young man holds from behind a nude woman. They are both in a relaxed mode bring out how the painting is meant to be. Color selection in this painting is eye appealing. The portrait has extravagance of oil, which is one of the bases of all Schiele's paintings. From the background of this artist, how his mentors helped him by encouraging him to elevate in his career, this painting well depicts how real friendship should be. It is one of the minimalists' paintings that required time and space, but some simpler depictions could easily be completed using a pencil and sketchpad.

The artist dwells significantly on nudes portraits as his identity though it raises issues later. He had many admirers of his works among them his friend Gustav would often speak about the fine qualities of his younger colleague. Schiele was an entirely expressive artist and also sexual in his behaviour and thinking, meaning he was frequently dating women much younger than himself as he sought to recreate his youth as well as hold a dominant position within each of these relationships. His ideally wished to have several partners at the same time but eventually he was deterred from this by his later wife who disliked such infidelity. There was also a fine line between the artist's muses and his relationships, with a common crossover that he perhaps sometimes planned when looking for new models for his highly respected portraits.