Alma Mahler
© DACS 2004

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Alma Mahler about 1913
From 1910 to 1914 Kokoschka painted a remarkable series of portraits which expose the inner life of his sitters. Alma Mahler (1879 - 1964) was the muse of some of the great early-twentieth-century artists. Klimt fell in love with her but was ultimately spurned and the composer Gustav Mahler was her first husband. Kokoschka was her lover after Mahler's death. The artist met Alma Mahler in April 1912 and they immediately embarked upon a turbulent love affair. He painted several portraits of her and a celebrated oil, 'The Tempest', which depicts the couple together on a stormy sea.

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Muse

The source of an artist's inspiration. The term originates in Greek mythology in which the Muses were the nine daughters of Mnemosyne and Zeus, each of whom presided over a different art or science.

Muse

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 3037
  • Medium Black chalk on paper
  • Size 39.20 x 31.50 cm (framed: 68.00 x 54.70 x 3.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1987