Wise Poets – William Virgil Davis – The Family

after the painting by Egon Schiele

William Virgil Davis

Only the child,
between his mother’s massive legs,
is clothed.
They both look off
to the right
at something out of sight.
The father, above
and behind, his huge limbs
framing them,
and proud—directly
at you.

Nothing in the background matters.

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“The Family (Self Portrait)” (1918) by Egon Schiele is shown in this handout photo taken on Dec. 10, 2009. Schiele himself posed for the male figure; the woman was a professional model. Source: Belvedere/National Gallery via Bloomberg