- Schiele’s choice to paint himself in such expressive terms demonstrates his interest in focusing on the self and subjective experience.
- The expressive contortions of the body reflect sculptural traditions of the past, but Schiele’s figure lacks the heroicism of male nudes by artists such as Michelangelo.
- His depiction of the fragmented and emaciated body in Seated Male Nude, as well the red details and the lack of any surrounding context, suggest a heightened intensity of the figure’s physical and psychological experience.
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