Wally Neuzil: More Than a Prostitute, Less Than a Wife (Vienna 1911, a Mistress in Love)
|Wally Neuzil by Egon Schiele|
An interpretation of Egon Schiele and Wally Neuzil love affair seen with the contemporary eye of a woman.
Soundtrack for this post: Body Electric by Lana Del Rey (Amazing live version at the end of this post)
We are familiar with the perfect ruby of her lips and Schiele was craving it, while drawing the lines of the upper one – first – and then the lower one – after probably taking the time to indulge in what they had to offer. Wally’s eyes are inviting you to join the pleasure of her naked shoulder and half a dress still to be torn apart. BUT WHAT YOU DON’T SEE IT’S HER GODDAMN HEART, there was a soul behind those green Bambi eyes. Schiele knew, I am sure. But again, even though she was way more than a prostitute to him, a muse, a friend, a lover, she was never enough to become more than that.
|Wally in Red Blouse With Raised Knees|
|Egon Schiele and Wally Neuzil|
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