Oskar Kokoschka

Kathleen, Countess of Drogheda

About this artwork

  • title:
    Kathleen, Countess of Drogheda
  • accession number:
    GMA 3451
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  • materials:
    Coloured crayon on paper
  • date created:
    Dated 1940
  • measurements:
    56.50 x 38.20 cm
  • credit line:
    Presented by Mrs Olda Kokoschka 1989
  • copyright:
    © Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/ DACS 2018.

Oskar Kokoschka

Oskar Kokoschka

Kokoschka studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Vienna from 1905 to 1909, where he also worked for the Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese Workshops). Although his early work was part of the 'art nouveau' movement in Vienna, he soon developed into Austria's leading expressionist painter, specialising in disturbing psychological portraits. After being invalided out of the army during the First World War, Kokoschka was based mainly in Dresden until 1923. He travelled until 1930, and from 1931 to 1934 returned to live in his native Vienna. In 1934 he moved to Prague, where he took out Czech citizenship. After the Munich Agreement of September 1938, he was forced to flee to London with his future wife, Olda Palkovska. He became a British citizen in 1947, and lived mainly in Switzerland after 1953.