Schiele’s Embrace (1912)

Schiele, in fusing his own figure with a woman's, has created a giant eye with a black pupil at its center. The pupil, of course, is the top of his own head, thus suggesting that his eye and mind are one.

Yet, with remarkable concision, Schiele also infers through this combination of genders that his mind is androgynous, as all truly creative minds must be. To make matters even clearer, there is a nipple-form at the top of the image while the thigh extending towards the lower right corner is phallic.

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Schiele, Embrace (1912)

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