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Oskar Kokoschka

(1886-1980), Artist and writer

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 2 portraits
Painter. Kokoschka trained at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, 1905-09. He wrote and designed the first expressionist play Murderer, Hope of Women (1909), causing a public scandal. He was severely wounded in the First War, but recovered and taught at Dresden Academy, 1919-23. In the 1930s Kokoschka's paintings were classed as 'degenerate', and he was forced to flee to Britain. He took British citizenship in 1947, to work in Britain. His portraits, that focus on the inner life of the sitter, are an important contribution to expressionism and, more generally, to modern art.

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Oskar Kokoschka, by Karel Vogel - NPG 6244

Oskar Kokoschka

by Karel Vogel
painted plaster head, circa 1924-1939
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6244

Oskar Kokoschka, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P797(30)

Oskar Kokoschka

by Lord Snowdon
bromide print, 7 October 1970
NPG P797(30)

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Oskar Kokoschka

by Lee Miller
modern archival-toned gelatin silver print from original negative, 1950
NPG P1080

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Oskar Kokoschka

by Oskar Kokoschka
lithograph, 1965
NPG 5156

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Oskar Kokoschka

by Felix H. Man (Hans Baumann)
vintage bromide print, 1930
NPG x128173

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