Inspired and mentored by Gustav Klimt, Schiele found his passion in art following his move to Vienna and many of his early pieces clearly display traces of Klimts style and influence.
By the time of painting Standing Male Nude, Schiele had fully developed his own style. Using the Expressionist style, Schiele has defied conventional standards for nude paintings by eliminating perfection from his creation in the distortion of the pose.
This defiance eventually earned Schiele a short stay in prison for the corruption of minors due to the sexual nature of some of his 'riskier' artworks. Whilst by modern standards, these works may seem sedate, his traditionalist peers were outraged at his 'matter-of-fact' nudes and the 'lewd' positions the subjects where in.
Working swiftly and without hesitation, Schiele would not waste time by correcting his work and would instead discard his current piece and begin anew.
The Standing Male Nude finds beauty in Schieles use of sharp angles alongside flowing 'curvaceous' strokes, blended seamlessly to draw the viewers eye, and in the bold use of only a few key colours on an otherwise stark background.
The image speaks of Schiele as a person, his loneliness and isolation depicted in the emptiness that surrounds his portrait and his seeming narcissism in his obsession with self-portrait with Standing Male Nude being one of hundreds Schiele produced.
The blank background is a common feature of nearly all of Schieles portrait works although his art is most easily distinguished by the way he almost leaves his paintings in a 'sketched' state with bold outlines and very little fine detail.