I must see new things and investigate them | Egon Schiele to Anton Peschka, 1910

                                                                                                                                 ^ Egon Schiele and his best friend, fellow painter Anton Peschka 

“I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds. I want to gaze with astonishment at mouldy garden fences. I want to experience them all, to hear young birch plantations and trembling leaves, to see light and sun, enjoy wet, green-blue valleys in the evening, sense goldfish glinting, see white clouds building up in the sky, to speak to flowers. I want to look intently at grasses and pink people, old venerable churches, to know what little cathedrals say, to run without stopping along curving meadowy slopes across vast plains, kiss the earth and smell soft warm marshland flowers. And then I shall shape things so beautifully: fields of colour.”

Egon Schiele, in a letter to Anton Peschka, 1910
Egon Schiele, Four Trees, 1917
Egon Schiele, Landscape Autumn Trees at Dawn                                                               Egon Schiele, Autumn Sun and Trees, 1912

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