Several years ago the Neue Galerie New York museum had a retrospective of Austrian painters I attended and was more than fascinated by. After seeing the exhibit, I searched out more of their work, and their history.
Some remarkable tidbits, other than gossip, about the Vienna group I stumbled on is information about their materials or lack therein. It was remarkable how little attention was paid to issues that are exhaustively analyzed these days, i.e., archival materials. Many of the Viennese School and many other artists of the early 20th century used paper that we'd often reject as unusable and writing instruments we'd pass by.
|Egon Schiele, Self-portrait, 1912|
Several of Egon Schiele's works, all having survived, are on plain sketch paper, and
|Das Undbild, 1919, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart|
Kurt Schwitter's work is often on newsprint (German, not Austrian).