Egon Schiele led a chaotic life from start to finish and this series of paintings reflects directly on the opening months of his marriage. Across the three, there is an increase in energy and expression as his emotions build and build.
This series of self-portraits portray Egon as both a husband and father, as well as a lover. The latter is shown by his and his wife's posture in each artwork.
The series spanned several years of work, culminating in his final Embrace artwork in 1917 which was completed in oils.
This use of self-portraiture as a way of reflecting on one's entire life at any particular time reminds us of other famous artists such as Frida Kahlo and Vincent van Gogh.
Edith and Egon sit together on the floor in this painting, looking distinctly vulnerable and almost child-like.