“The painter, the true painter, will be he who can wring from contemporary life its epic aspect and make us see and understand, with color or in drawing, how great and poetic we are in our cravats and our polished boots.” -- Charles Baudelaire
This talented young draftsman preferred to work with watercolor over most other mediums. He attended the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and went on to be tutored by fellow Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secessionist movement. Schiele was often ostracized for his expressive depiction of the nude form, both male and female, and once had one of his paintings burned by an irate judge. His paintings cover several different artistic periods including Impressionism, Art Nouveau, and Expressionism, with which he is most often associated. After briefly serving in the Austrian army during the first World War, he died of influenza at the young age of twenty eight.