Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918) was an Austrian painter. As a favorite protégé of Gustav Klimt, it was thought that Schiele would go on to be Klimt's successor were it not for Schiele's untimely death at the age of 28, less than a year after Klimt. In his short career Schiele painted portraits of the Vienna elite, was a pioneer of Expressionism with both his portraits and his landscapes, and was one of the most prolific draftsman of erotic art in the early 20th century.
Egon Schiele is known for being grotesque, erotic, pornographic, and disturbing, focusing on sex, death, and discovery.
After Schiele was trained classically by the Academy of Fine Arts, he sort out his idol, Gustav Klimt, who was impressed with Schiele's work and went on to mentor him as well as provided support through buying and exchanging drawings with him, arranged models for him, and introduced him to many of his patrons.
Schiele developed a name for himself primarily as a portrait artist, though his main interest was in the female form and eroticism. Many of his erotic paintings and drawings, particularly the more graphic ones, he made for his own pleasure. He often combined life, eroticism and death in allegories (similar to Klimt's) which were for public display though these had limited appeal at the time.
In 1912, Schiele was arrested for seducing a girl below the age of consent. These charges were later dropped, but during his arrest the police confiscated over a hundred of his erotic drawings from his studio. After spending 21 days in prison, he was finally charged with displaying an erotic drawing where it could be viewed by a minor. The judge took the previous 21 days into consideration, and so Schiele spent another 3 days in prison, making a total of 24. 24 days in prison for having an erotic drawing on display.