Backlight and Hazy Music

Leopold Czihaczek at the Piano (1907) was painted shortly before Schiele’s 17th birthday. Photograph: Leopold Museum.

I’m a fan of Schiele as well as of interiors. What’s interesting to me in this precocious painting is the backlighting of the subject and the skillful rendering of hazy, natural light suffusing the room. The uniform NW-to-SE directionality of the brushstrokes suggests the travel of the rays. Also noted: how the piano has clarity of detail at its far end and blurs as it approaches the viewer, somewhat the reverse of conventional perspective.  

(Nadia Khomami, “Egon Schiele painting of his uncle rediscovered after over 90 years,”, 5-5-22)

(c) 2022 JMN — EthicalDative. 

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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