6 years ago by


Asking someone who their favorite artist is, definitively, is a bit like asking what someone’s favorite movie is – or favorite band. (Read: really, almost impossible to answer!)

But I really love Egon Schiele. He’s up there with the best, and was actually the prodigy of Klimt – but a little more disruptive on the scene…

I was introduced to Schiele in college, and really loved his expressive, figurative portraits and his totally immersion in human form. And, beyond that, his acutely soft palette that was so unassuming and beautiful in its signature way. 

His works feel so current even now, almost a century later. Or maybe that’s just taste and talent that transcends time? A real point of view? True vision? 
(Dropping cliché bombs over here!)

And you? Who are your favorite artists? What do you love about their work? My list goes on and on, but that’s a start…!

Painting: Embrace, Egon Schiele (1912)


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  • The list is long, but the first name that came to mine was Caravaggio. I just love how powerful and realistic his paintings are. And I also love how crazy his life was!!!!

  • I love a lot of artists, so it’s quite a topic for me. However, my recent discovery is Sarah McRae Morton, I love magical realism in literature and art and her paintings are so out of this world and there is this nostalgia from the past in them. Check them out!


  • It’s also my favourite painter!!! I have his painting above my bed, not the original one of course!!!

  • He’s one of my favourites as well! So strong and disruptive. And all that when he was only twentysomething. I had to go to Vienna for work earlier this year, and I could squeeze in a visit to an exhibition where Tracy Emin responded to Schieles work, it was so powerful and perfect. I felt so grateful to be there.

  • L’âge d’airain de Rodin vu pour ma toute première fois lors d’une exposition temporaire au Palais des papes d’Avignon : on en parle encore…
    Et le plafond de Chagall à l’Opéra Garnier…
    Voir les oeuvres dans un contexte particulier reste inoubliable à vie pour tout un chacun…
    Merci Neada de nous faire de belles découvertes…

  • Your mention that Schiele’s work seems so current a century later reminded me of one of my favorite paintings, “El Jaleo,” by John Singer Sargent. Completed in 1882, it too captures a modern spirit of movement and attitude in the depiction of the Spanish Gypsy dancer that is completely mesmerizing. Having this piece hanging wall-size in my living room would be a DREAM. Thanks for bringing art to mind today.

  • Charikleia October, 3 2015, 4:47 / Reply

    I would say I love the Dutch and Flemish masters like Bosch, Bruegel (senior) and Vermeer. But then Van Gogh comes to mind and Paul Klee too…

  • I love this post! I don’t have a favourite artist, but I do have a few pieces or even series of works that I adore. Among them are Dali’s sculptures made of precious metals and gems and Johanna Burai’s birds. I’m also a fan of Monet’s vivid yet calming impressionism.

  • If you aren’t familiar with Canada’s Group of Seven, please check them out. You will see some of the most beautiful landscape work ever. Well, anything they turned their brushes to was beautiful but I so loooooooove the landscapes. For portraiture, I’ve just been getting to know Vermeer. Thanks for the post, Neada! I shall check out Mr. Schiele. (And speaking of Klimt, have you seen Helen Mirren in the Woman in Gold? Must see!)

  • Interesting! Love Schiele and saw the drawings exhibition in London earlier this year. My favourite artist is little known – http://www.m-dawson.co.uk but colourful!

  • Egon Schiele. Egon Schiele all the way. I finally went to Vienna last month, where upon arriving at the hotel after a train ride from Budapest, I dropped off my bags at the hotel and immediately made my way to the Leopold Museum and ended up crying after spending 2 hours staring at every detail of his paintings and sketches on display. It was a beautiful experience.

  • bavarian_blue October, 4 2015, 2:11 / Reply

    Mark Rothko <3

  • Anna C. March, 14 2016, 1:25 / Reply

    I think one of the reasons it seems so current is that he captured the essence of the human body. He drew and painted them in their purest form, in their vulnerability and it made his art timeless.

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