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The Brutal Paintings that Predicted the 20th Century

The Austrian artist Egon Schiele’s brutal self-portraits, many dating from before World War One, seem to presage all the carnage and atrocity and alienation that was to come. As more famous artists from the time look terribly dated today, Shiele seems like he could still be working right now:

Egon Schiele - Self Portrait (1911)Egon Schiele – Self Portrait (1911)

Egon Schiele – The Family
Egon Schiele - Self Portrait (1909)
Egon Schiele – Self Portrait (1909)
Egon Schiele - Self Portrait (1910)
Egon Schiele – Self Portrait (1910)
Egon Schiele - Self Portrait (1914)
Egon Schiele – Self Portrait (1914)
Egon Schiele - Self Portrait (1917)
Egon Schiele – Self Portrait (1917)
Egon Schiele - Self Portrait 1910
Egon Schiele – Self Portrait 1910
Egon Schiele - Self Portrait 1914
Egon Schiele – Self Portrait 1914