Zrání (High Summer)
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Zrání (High Summer) 1938 - 1940
When Kokoschka left Czechoslovakia for London in 1938, he was only able to bring £5 in cash, a small suitcase and one painting, called 'Girls Bathing.' 'Zrání' is the same picture, although it underwent a complete reworking in 1940. The landscape combines elements from the Cornish coast, where the artist lived for nearly a year from 1939, with memories of his homeland. The painting offers an idyllic vision of leisure and contentment, in stark contrast to the turmoil in central Europe at that time. The Czech title has no exact translation, but approximates to 'maturity', 'ripening' and 'summer'.


  • Acc. No. GMA 21
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 68.30 x 89.20 cm (framed: 94.10 x 114.80 x 10.2 0 cm)
  • Credit Presented by the Czechoslovak Government in Exile 1942