A giant painter in the history of Art: Oskar Kokoschka

“The Power of the Music” 1920


Great painting artists

Oskar Kokoschka

in 1963

Oskar Kokoschka, is an Austrian painter (and writer), born March 1, 1886 in Pöchlarn. He was a good student at the Kunstgewerbeschule (= University of Applied Arts Vienna). At the beginning of the 20th century, he became a mature, professional and famous artist in the city of Berlin. From 1933 to 1953, he changed his residence, for political reasons, from Vienna, to Prague, then to London. He settled permanently in Villeneuve (Switzerland) until his death on February 22, 1980.

“Adolf Loos” ( an Austrian architect and influential European theorist of modern architecture)1909 (Image source:3minutosdearte.com)

Kokoschka‘s main artistic interest was the human figure, he uses spots, lines and colors to project the psyche of humanity onto the faces of the characters in his works, he sought to express through his colors the tensions and emotions.
Kokoschka is one of the main representatives of expressionism, his landscapes follow the principles of this School for its bright colors, its ephemeral contours and its concern for light.

Amsterdam, Kloveniersburgwal 1925 ( Image source: flickr / Frans Vandewalle )
“Mechtilde Lichnowsky” (a writer representing German literary expressionism) 1916 ( Image source: 3minutosdearte.com)

Image of title, source: flickr / Gandalf’s Gallery

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