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That Fire Still Burns

April 8, 2013


I was recently lighting a fire with old news paper when I came across a page that I couldn’t burn because it contained a few images of Egon Schiele’s work. His drawings are amazing and even on this damp piece of newspaper they looked amazing so I put it to one side near my pencils and stuff, I couldn’t help myself from picking it up and it dawned upon me that what I look for in drawing was all there on that piece of paper. So I took a look at some other drawings by Schiele and decided to re-draw some of my own drawings based on his vision. The result is a strange fusion that has helped me immensely in my bid to produce drawings that I am happy with.

another study & clour

Having made a couple of drawings I then decided to read the article and it described how Schiele had been sent to prison for three days on the grounds of  pornographic obscenity and how the judge took one of his drawings and set it on fire. This was only a hundred years ago and quite amazes me that such an act of destruction could have taken place in a public court. Having read this I shared the story with my children, not in graphic detail but the basic outlines of drawings of nudity being perceived as vulgar and the subsequent burning. My nine-year old boy turned to me and remarked on the irony of me rescuing the images from the fire whilst the judge had burnt the genuine works. It highlights the different values of people and how perceptions change over relatively short periods of time but possibly more importantly the dangers of being too judgmental.

Egon's Angel

I don’t know if it’s just me but life seems to be full of these situations where chance and circumstance come together in a beautifully complete way that is reassuring and encouraging. Things just seem to fit together and offer a glimpse in the right direction that seems to ease you on your way.




  1. Nancy Newberg permalink

    Interesting 🙂


  2. For me this coming together of things in the way you describe is a kind of art of perception… A human mind has to be quite tuned to notice the different things in the first place, and then to weave them into something which it can use. It’s emergence again; something suddenly leaping, fully-formed, into what moments before was an empty, or at least random, space! It seems to be a feature of a fully immersed mind – I’ve come across people talking about this quite a bit in relation to doing research. Your story of these drawings is a beautiful example of this strange mystery…


    • Thanks Tamsin, I really enjoy reading your writing or comments, you have confidence with words and articulate things in such a clear and flowing way. It makes me think and re-evaluate in a positive way. 🙂


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