Herschel B. Chipp

  • An Early Sketchbook of Egon Schiele

    THE EARLIEST KNOWN SKETCHBOOK of the Viennese artist Egon Schiele came to light recently in Daly City, California. It pushes back to an even earlier age the appearance of his phenomenal talent, and it gives us additional insights into its rapid development.

    The sketchbook is in the possession of Mr. Morris Weiss, who was a classmate of Schiele in 1904–05 at the Realgymnazium in Klosterneuberg, a town just up the Danube from Vienna.* When Mr. Weiss was forced to leave Austria in 1938, he saw confiscated his home and his little wine-press factory, which had supplied the villagers with their own

  • The 1963 Paris Biennale

    THE UNITED STATES INFORMATION SERVICE has selected the sculpture workshop at the University of California, Berkeley, to provide one of the exhibits at the Bien­nale de Paris of 1963. 

    An exhibition that comes from California rather than from New York is of particular interest abroad, and officials of the U.S.I.S. and the Biennale have expressed keen anticipation of it. The past two shows there have featured, at one time, American artists working in Paris, and, at another, a selection made by the Museum of Modern Art. Now a group of artists from the Bay Area will appear together for the judg­ment

  • Viennese Expressionism

    THE RECENT “DISCOVERY” IN AMERICA of Viennese painters of the pre-World War I epoch revives an attitude toward the human figure which has been largely overlooked by recent figurative painting. This is the exploitation of the human body, with all its possibilities for a wide range of intense expression in terms of emotions grounded in specific human feelings and moods. Of course, the momentum of the various recent abstract movements has almost insured that those artists who followed them would embody “expression” in vigorous brushstrokes and dynamic forms and movements, even when they painted