Prague, Nostalgia
© DACS 2004

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Prague, Nostalgia 1938
This was the first painting Kokoschka completed in London, after fleeing Czechoslovakia in 1938. Painted from memory, it features the famous view of Prague with the old Charles Bridge and cathedral in the background. The pair of lovers near the shore is thought to be Kokoschka and his future wife Olda. In a reference to Kokoschka's emigration, the couple are being beckoned into a boat. A face resembling that of Kokoschka is displayed on the billboard to the right. In this painting the artist is expressing his grief for the loss of his home country.


  • Acc. No. GMA 4322
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 56.00 x 76.00 cm
  • Credit Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 2000