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Pregnant woman and death - Egon Schiele. Canvas, oil
“Alles ist lebend tot” (“Everything that lives is dead”), said the Austrian artist Egon Schiele. The meaning of this statement is that in any living creature of this world lies a grain of self-destruction, and life is only death before rebirth. However, this inevitability of death, concluded within any earthly being, only enhances the brightness of the latter. In many of his works, the painter sought to show that there is no clear boundary between health and illness, and the strengthening of life and the approach of death are not at all the opposite processes.
In 1910, he made many sketches in the gynecological clinic: pregnant women were a kind of symbol for the artist of the unity between life (even two lives - the mother and the unborn child) and the threat of death. Dark and light, bright red and black color spots coexist on his canvas in the same way as beauty and ugliness, good and evil, pain and joy are nearby. Death, illness, suffering aggravated the sense of the value of life and beauty in Schiele's mind.