Infant Nude

Egon Schiele
Infant Nude
watercolor on paper
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection, 2007/2.95

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Expressions of Vienna: Master Drawings by Klimt and Schiele from the Pulgram-McSparran Collection

Reopening (March 28) through May 31, 2009

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Egon Schiele (1890-1918) are two artists whose work is closely associated with the Viennese avant-garde during the early twentieth century.  Klimt, who was the first President of the Vienna Secession, the organization that promoted the integration of all art forms into a more aesthetic approach to life, was the looming figure in Viennese portraiture and mural painting. Schiele, whose career was much shorter than Klimt's, was deeply influenced early in his career by Klimt's work. Their work bridges the important transition in Vienna from nineteenth century concerns and styles into the emerging Expressionism of the period following the First World War. This group of exquisite and important drawings by the leaders of art in Vienna a century ago is part of a larger gift of European art from the collection of University of Michigan professors Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran. The exceptional quality of these works are a tribute to Professor Pulgram's astute eye as he began collecting at the end of World War II; the balance of the Pulgram-McSparran gift will be shown in an exhibition later in the first year of the reopened facility.