The Art of Egon Schiele: Angst, Frustration, and Intellectual Hysteria

Painting "Death and the Maiden" (1915) by Egon Schiele | Image source:

From portraits of naked bodies twisted in often uncomfortable positions to disturbing self-portraits, Austrian painter Egon Schiele is remembered for his work that exuded raw sexuality, anguish, and narcissism. Born in 1890 in Tulin, Lower Austria, Schiele grew up a shy, strange child who did poorly in school and exhibited troubling behavior at home due […]

Why We Love Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo, center, in 1938. Left: her prosthetic leg with leather boot. Right: plaster corset painted by Frida Kahlo. © Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo Archives, Banco de México; Nickolas Muray © The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art | Image source:

In 1954, self-taught Mexican artist Frida Kahlo died at the age of 47. But despite her short life, hundreds of admirers mourned and stood in the rain outside the Panteón Civil de Dolores where her funeral ceremony was held just before she was cremated. Why did so many love Frida? Because Frida loved Frida. Frida’s […]

Cindy Sherman, Selfies and Instagram

Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills (1977–80) marked the turning point of Sherman’s emergence in the art scene. Her Centerfold series would follow. And her 1981 Untitled #96 (in picture below) from that series would become one of her most notable works, which was auctioned for $3.89 million in 2011 – making it the most expensive photograph […]