Die träumenden Knaben [The Dreaming Boys]
© DACS 2004

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Die träumenden Knaben [The Dreaming Boys] 1908 (published 1917)
This is Kokoschka's first major graphic work. 'Die traümenden Knaben' was made following a commission to produce a children's book. Reactions to the book were mixed, partly due to the erotic imagery. The use of stylization, distorted figures and a folk-art style look forward to Expressionism. Japanese woodcuts were also an inspiration, as can be seen in the way Kokoschka uses black outlines and flat areas of bright colours. Kokoschka dedicated the book to Gustav Klimt, who was a leading Austrian artist at the time and a powerful influence on him.

Glossary Open


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


A style that made an impact in the arts in the 1920s, particularly in Germany. Expressionists deliberately abandoned realistic representation techniques in favour of exaggerations and distortions of line and colour that were intended to carry far greater emotional impact.

Folk art

The art of largely untrained artists.


Art forms, usually on paper, where the emphasis is on expression through line, mark-making or lettering rather than colour. This includes drawing, printmaking and typography.


To represent something in accordance with artistic convention rather than its actual appearance.


A print made from an image carved into a block of wood cut along the grain. Blank areas are cut away leaving an image in relief from which a print is made.

Commission, Expressionism, Folk art, Graphic, Stylization, Woodcut


  • Acc. No. GMA 3552
  • Medium Book with eight colour lithographs with three black and white lithographs
  • Size 24.10 x 29.50 cm (page size)
  • Credit Purchased 1990