The Courtauld Gallery will be displaying 38 drawings and watercolours from the controversial Austrian expressionist painter Egon Shiele.

“Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918) is one of the most important artists of the early 20th century and a central figure of Austrian Expressionism. “ – The Courtauld Gallery

The exhibition will not only explore the works that were once criticised for their pornographic nature but will take a look at a young man’s early exposure to sex and death and the manifestation of his obsessions.  The exhibition tells the incredible tale of Shiele’s influences from the works of Klimt, his unnaturally close relationship with his sister, his desires to push boundaries, all before his sudden death of Spanish influenza at age 28.

This is the first exhibition solely dedicated to the artist in the UK, so it is one not to miss.

Opens: October 23, 2014
Ends: January 18, 2015
Venue: The Courtauld Gallery, Strand, London

The Courtauld Gallery have given the Shiele exhibition further context by exhibiting Oscar Kokoschka’s lithographs in room 12. Kokoschka’s work was an influence to Shiele.