Egon Schiele (1890-1918) was an Austrian painter, one of the major figurative painters of the early 20th Century. He was a protégé of Gustav Klimt. Schiele is known for his graphic, pornographic, grotesque style and his self portraits, often naked. The distortion of figures in his work made Schiele a leading figure of Austrian Expressionism. The way he portrays his subjects explores their sexualities and psyche.
While Schiele’s career centered upon the human figure, during his travels around Europe he also created various landscape paintings. Krumau, his mother’s hometown, and where he also lived in 1911 inspired this painting. Schiele’s landscape work contrasts with his typical work because there is a lack of figures but bears a similarity in how they’re composed from a bird’s eye perspective.