The Easel

Rethinking Schiele

A defense, in three parts, of Schiele and his sexualized imagery. His works were explicit but also granted women “an uncommon degree of sexual agency”. At the time, childhood was considered little different to adulthood. Finally, he was trying to expose the decadence that lay behind Vienna’s espoused conservatism. “One can depict something horrid without endorsing the horror.”