Alessandra Comini, Egon Schiele, Thames and Hudson- London
The awesome revelation of Expressionist portraiture -intuitively paralleling the new science of psychology – was that the spectacle of the psyche could surface in anyone and everyone. By painting individuals rather than types Gerstl, Kokoschka, and Schiele from 1907 to 1910 forced a new dimension upon the concept of portraiture. Whether expressed in the painterly turbulence of Gerstl and Kokoschka or in the terse linear language of Schiele. this new reality gave visible proof of the sense of anxiety now pressing against the disintegrating facade of Viennese aestheticism.