When Egon Schiele painted Embrace (Lovers II) in 1917, his art had matured. While always preoccupied with sexuality, Schiele had broken with the writhing, emaciated nudes of his earlier work. The man and woman in Embrace (Lovers II) stand in stark contrast to the woebegone lovers found in such pieces as Seated Couple and Death and the Maiden. Here, Schiele opts to depict not anxiety but affection. The titular embrace is an intimate one, a perfect union of Schiele's newfound tenderness and signature sensuality.
Painted just a year before his death at the age of twenty-eight, Embrace (Lovers II) shows Schiele at his most confident as an artist. The lovers in this piece are among the most expertly rendered three-dimensional figures Schiele ever created. Yet while certainly realistic, the man and woman also exude an expressionistic energy.
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