• Schiele

Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden

A film by Dieter Berner


At the onset of the 20th century, Egon Schiele is one of the most provocative artists in Vienna. He sets off scandals and is tried for allegedly violating a 13-year-old girl. His life and work are steeped in eroticism and transience. Women are the fuel for his art, especially his younger sister Gerti and 17-year-old Wally Neuzil. Wally is probably his first real love, immortalized in his painting "Death and the Maiden." The outbreak of the First World War brings the 24-year-old artist into an existential crisis. He sacrifices Wally.