The Austrian Museum recently sold an Egon Schiele original to settle a families court claim in which they were ordered to pay 19million for another of his originals which was seized by the Nazis during the war.
The Old Mill Painting is oil on canvas and located in the Niedersächsisches Landmuseum in Hanover, Germany. The artists was 26 years old when he painted it in 1916.
The Old Mill Painting was most likely painted during the time of Egon Schiele's military conscription which took place four days after his marriage. Schiele produced several landscapes and cityscapes after becoming inspired during his wartime travels.
These did not display any of the exaggerated contours, a trademark of his previous paintings. Egon Schiele's use of frequently dark symbolism, somber palette and irregular contours played a huge part in the formulation of the character of early twentieth-century Expressionism. He astonished with his prolific production of works on canvas and paper despite his short life.
The primary influence of Schiele's development as an artist was the Painter, Gustav Klimt. He acted as Schiele's mentor and friend and it seems he shared his insatiable sexual appetite.
Although Klimt preferred patterned surfaces that glimmered on a brilliant palette, Schiele's unsettling and emotionally intense Expressionist style directly opposed Klimts Art Nouveau-inspired style.
Schiele did inherit Klimts focus of erotic female images. Other Landscapes in Schiele's collection besides the Old Mill, are House with Shingles, 1915, Stein an der Donau II, 1913, The Bridge (Die Brücke), 1913, Four trees (Vier Bäume), 1917 and Die kleine Stadt II, 1912–1913. His landscapes displayed a more mature side of his painting which tended to manifest after marriage.