Art Happenings Here and There (on the Schiele exhibit in Amsterdam this spring, April 6, 2005)
Self-Portraits at the Luxembourg, Part 2 (one of Schiele's self-portraits in Paris, July 9, 2004)
Jonathan Jones, The come-on (The Guardian, April 19, 2003)
Michael Prodger, The gaze that still unsettles (The Telegraph, April 11, 2005)
We owe this exhibit to Professor Klaus Albrecht Schröder, who contributed a lot to the restoration of this former Habsburg residence, completed in 2003. He is the director of this museum that harbors the richest collection of graphic art in the world -- alas, not accessible by the public -- with a million prints and 65,000 drawings by masters from Dürer to Cézanne and including Michelangelo and Leonardo. But the untiring Professor Schröder is also a "specialist," although the word hardly suits the devoted passion he has demonstrated toward his favorite artist for thirty years, but he is both the exhibit's curator and the basically sole author of its imposing catalogue. [...]The catalogue will be published in an English version some time in January. The museum has almost nothing about the exhibit on its Web site: see instead this nice assortment of Schiele images from Le Monde des Arts and this image gallery from the Amsterdam show from The Telegraph.
And if, in 1912, he was put in prison for inciting the delinquency of a minor -- the eternal stupidity of the censors, at their roots the same ones who condemned Baudelaire and Flaubert -- the lightness of the penalty in Vienna at the time, still Puritanical and intractable, a jail sentence of three days, was sufficiently eloquent. This experience was nevertheless very trying for the sweet Schiele. But it inspired in him some watercolors of grandiose simplicity and some poignant texts by the painter, who was also a poet, published by his friend Arthur Roessler in 1922.