Austrian Schiele produced portrait sketches and paintings of an erotic nature which was bold for this period of art, although he also captured several stunning landscapes during his short career too.
Gustav Klimt shared a close relationship with Egon and the two held similar views with regards art and the way in which it should reflect emotion, love and sexual desire.
Klimt and Schiele both produced drawings with blended, intertwined limbs and bodies as well as twisted shapes to make use of their highly expressive approaches. There were standard portraits, but many more that were not.
Egon was a creative artist from an early age who wanted to experiment with new ideas rather than follow what had gone before. The early training that he received was too restrictive and he left as a result in order to avoid having his style becoming too mainstream and conservative.
Klimt's provided help and assistance to Schiele in the early part of his career, buying some of his drawings and encouraging him where ever he could to continue along the route that he was taking. Klimt himself was tutoring many young artists at that time, but took a particular interest in Egon as he felt he possessed particular raw talent and artistic potential.
The eroticism of much of the artist's work was eventually to see him imprisoned for a short period, underlining just how controversial the work of artists like Schiele and Klimt was at that time.
Seated Female Nude with Raised Right Arm, Seated Woman with Bent Knee, Standing Male Nude with Red Loincloth and Umarmung (Embrace) are four of the most famous drawings from Schiele, although many more are discussed in www.EgonSchiele.net. There is also a paintings section that includes landscape paintings such as Four Trees and Setting Sun.