by Oskar Kokoschka
38 7/8 in. x 25 3/4 in. (987 mm x 654 mm)
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- Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), Artist and writer. Sitter in 5 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
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- Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), Artist and writer. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
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The Austrian-born artist Kokoschka had travelled widely in Europe and had lived in Prague before he settled in England in 1938 to escape the National Socialist regime in Germany. Broadly an expressionist painter of landscapes, portraits and still lifes, Kokoschka remained an individualist throughout his career.
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- Gibson, Robin, 20th Century Portraits, 1978 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 June - 17 September 1978), p. 19
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 98 Read entry
Kokoschka had been one of the most prominent artists represented in the Nazi Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) Exhibition, which opened on 19 July 1937. Despite the fact that the lithograph was not made until 1965, almost thirty years later, it still pulses with all the energy of his early Expressionist period. Kokoschka’s signature style is reflected in the fluid energy of his vibrant line. He produced many self-portraits, often using himself as the model for his allegorical works. This lithograph was used as the poster image for his eightieth birthday exhibition in Leiden.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Émigrés: Twentieth-century Self-portraits by Artists from Abroad (27 May 2017 - 1 October 2017)
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Current affairsSir Winston Churchill dies after suffering a stroke at the age of 90. By Royal Decree his body lay in state for three days before he was given a State Funeral (a very rare honour for a non-Royal). Representatives from over 100 countries attended the funeral and thousands of people watched the procession of his coffin down the Thames.
Art and scienceJulie Christie stars in John Schlesinger's film Darling, a film that captures fashionable London in the 1960s, while critiquing the superficiality of the jet-setting society. The film has subsequently been itself criticised for being out-of-touch with the realities of the day.
The Post Office Tower (now the BT tower) opens for use, housing microwave aerials to carry telecommunications traffic from London.
InternationalPresident Johnson sends US troops to assist South Vietnam against communist North Vietnam and domestic nationalist insurgents. Johnson's plan for a short, limited war was soon quashed by North Vietnam's strategy of protracted war. As the conflict dragged on the US government instituted a draft, sparking anti-war protests that would continue until American involvement ended in 1973.
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