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This painting is titled 'The Embrace' and has a powerful story behind it that seems to be radiated by its composition. Viewed without any knowledge of its origin or context it is perhaps seen as an erotic picture of tender connectedness between two lovers.
But there is a deeper story to tell, and more to be seen. This is a self-portrait of the artist Egon Schiele and his wife Edith Harms. He painted this picture in 1917, two years after their marriage. Some art lovers see this painting as a dramatic change in his style, away from the more explicit and tortured paintings and drawing that preceded it - perhaps a reflection of his deepening contentment with married life. Heartbreakingly, by October of the following year Edith, who was six months pregnant, died in the Spanish Flu epidemic of the time and Egon followed her just three days later.
This framed picture is 73.5cm x 53cm. The frame is a simple black wooden one with an acrylic 'glass' which suits the picture well. It is displayed with a mount in with a contemporary style, showing the full print with the It is a standard size leaving you free to still use the custom-made mount with the print in your own choice of frame should you want to later.
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