Oskar Kokoschka 1886-1980

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9780892070596: Oskar Kokoschka 1886-1980

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Kokoschka's pictures had their roots in personal experience, yet they were intended as messages of salvation to cure the ills of the rootless modern individual. Rejecting abstract art on the one hand and decadence on the other, he produced expressionist paintings of great psychological and political acumen. As Europe crumbled in the decades presaging Hitler, he focused on the morally ambiguous figurethe vacillator aware of individual impotence, the soldier, the eavesdropper. In his later works he turned to classical myths. These themes are reflected in this catalogue of an exhibition at London's Tate Gallery, soon to be at New York's Guggenheim Museum. Kokoschka's light touch is nowhere more evident than in the watercolors and drawings, which get their full due here. Introductory essays examine Kokoschka as artist, playwright and wanderer; one engaging personal reminiscence recounts his love of the theater and his passion for toys and gadgets.
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From Library Journal:

Reappraisals of Kokoschka's painting fit in well now with major exhibitions on fin de siecle Viennese art in Europe and the United States. Based on an exhibition that originated at the Tate Gallery, this catalog offers scholarly text and appropriate illustrations. Five essaysespecially those written by Werner Hofmann and Alfred Marnauexamine the main themes of the artists's life and works. Georg Eisler's account of Kokoschka as a teacher adds new depth to the book's composite portrayal of an influential and very intellectual artist. An essential purchase for art history collections in academic and research libraries. Paula A. Baxter, Museum of Modern Art Lib., New York
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