Portrait of Valerie Neutzel - Egon Schiele. 110x140cm
The artist performed the portrait of his young lover, muse and associate Valerie Neutzel in his usual manner, inspired by the work of post-impressionists, especially Van Gogh. The viewer's attention is concentrated on the wide-open eyes of the model. Naive, defenseless, on the other hand, experienced, sad, not children. The complexity of nature, the eccentricity of the personality, the inconsistency - in these eyes reveals the diversity of the personality of Valerie, its significance for the artist.
Deliberately ugly face, rude features, makeup on the verge of decency. At every stroke, an insistent desire to look older than one's age is guessed.
Behind a blue eye one can guess the difficult fate of the girl, the abundance of the most incredible events, tragedies and losses.
The abundance of white in the work is the author’s attempt to justify the difficult past of the model, idealize it, and cleanse everything sinful. Only fragmentary scarlet spots indicate passion and vices: lips, inner rim of the cap, etc.
The monastic attire of the model comes into some conflict with the fiery red hair, the sensual tilt of the head. The conflict finds all the signs of provocation, so characteristic of many works of the master.
Despite the provocative nature of the work, the atmosphere of the portrait is very moving and sincere. Aesthetically, the portrait echoes the Harlequins and Piero Picasso. Acting, pretense, acting, is mixed with subtle soulfulness, naivety and defenselessness.