This is an image by Egon Schiele from the current exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Treasures from Budapest.
I love Schiele and felt really privileged to see this work for real.
Personally his work speaks to a part of me that is both simultaneously fascinated and repulsed by the human body. I think the bodies of most humans, not models, but normal people are ugly until I come to know and care about that person. Then themselves and their body becomes beautiful to me.
Schiele’s work shows the ugliness and pain of human existence coupled with a tenderness that makes it beautiful.
I think his images have had a tacit impact on my photography, but I’d love to base a photoshoot specifically on the theme of his work.
"I do not deny that I have made drawings and watercolors of an erotic nature. But they are always works of art. Are there no artists who have done erotic pictures?"