Schiele, Dead mother

Schiele, Dead mother

Egon Schiele (1890-1918), Dead mother I, 1910, pencil and oil on wood.
Tote Mutter I, Leopold Museum, Vienna

In his short life and artistic career, Egon Schiele created a remarkable body of work that vividly communicates inchoate, nonverbal, profound psychic experiences. In his 1910 painting, a baby is enclosed both by black shrouding and his mother’s boney, fleshless hand. The child is highly coloured and one can almost imagine the red blood coursing under his skin. His eyes gleam with light. Around and on top of him is a pale, drawn, depressed looking, emaciated mother holding him tight with no joy. Her mouth drops slightly open, her eyes are lifeless and empty. Her lank hair adds a third layer of circular binding. The baby’s position and the shape of the black clothes are intra-uterine. The baby is trapped in a tight space, encircled by deadness. There is no visible escape. (Source: Prudence Gourguechon MD)

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