The subject of this painting is Schiele's close friend, Paris von Gütersloh (1887-1973), a painter, actor, writer and stage designer.

Portrait of Paris von Gütersloh, 1918

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Schiele’s death during the 1918 influenza pandemic, at the age of only twenty-eight, left this portrait of his friend Paris von Gütersloh (1887–1973) unfinished. Nonetheless, the work is a masterpiece of Austrian Expressionist portraiture. Gütersloh was a painter, writer, actor, producer, and stage designer, who wrote the first study of Schiele’s art in 1911. Schiele admired his friend’s extraordinary intellectual and artistic talents and sought to portray him as a creative genius. With hands raised in a gesture of both attraction and repulsion, eyes transfixed and body tense, Gütersloh is shown at the moment of artistic inspiration.

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Title
Portrait of Paris von Gütersloh
Artist Life
1890–1918
Role
Artist
Accession Number
54.30
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The subject of this painting is Schiele's close friend, Paris von Gütersloh (1887-1973), a painter, actor, writer and stage designer.