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ID number:  BIRBI-98.4
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Schiele, Egon (1890-1918)
Title / Object name:  Crouching Woman (Kauernde)
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Vienna
Culture:  Austrian
Date made:  1914
Materials:  Drypoint printed in dark green
Measurements:  715 x 575 mm; mount: 810 x 600 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Frederick Mulder, London, April 1998
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A crouching woman contorts her body to gaze upon the viewer. Her limbs bristle and her back is scarred with a network of hatched lines. The loose material scrunched around her torso highlights her nakedness from the waist down and increases the sense of exposure and vulnerability. Schiele was a major figure in the avant-garde Austrian Expressionist movement. However, his highly erotic and visceral depictions of the nude were considered hugely offensive by the general public. In 1911 he was imprisoned for several weeks on charges of pornography and corruption.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Barber Goes North: Treasures from the Barber Institute', Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, UK, 15 October 2010 - 15 December 2010; 'Age of Expressionism', Slade School of Art, London, UK, 08 February 2011 - 25 March 2011

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