Egon Schiele Drawing Comparison Game

The Austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890-1918) is pictured below, both in a "Self-Portrait with Physalis," from 1912 (below left), and a detail of a photographic portrait taken by Anton Josef Trčka in 1914 (below right). He made numerous self portraits, both as paintings, and as drawings, one of which will be used for this comparison game. We wanted you to see these two views of Egon Schiele before you get to the more expressionist drawing below. Scroll down for more ...

Egon Schiele, one photograph of the artist and one painted self portrait

Egon Schiele made the original Self Portrait drawing (below left) in 1914, although technically speaking he did the "drawing" using a hard-pointed needle onto a metal plate, and it was produced as a drypoint print. This particular print is from a portfolio titled "The Graphic Work of Egon Schiele, which was published in 1922 and is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

We have taken this image and made five minor changes to it ... can you locate them? Below left is the original image, and below right is our altered version. Look closely and see if you can find what we've changed, and when you're ready, you can find the answers here.

The original Egon Schiele Self Portrait - study it closely!

Egon Schiele Self Portrait drawing from 1887, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Find 5 things that we altered in this version!

Altered version of an Egon Schiele Self Portrait drawing, find the changes we made

Check your answers here!


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The image of the 1914 Self Portrait by Egon Schiele comes courtesy of the Open Access program at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.




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