Oskar Kokoschka

Selbstbildnis von Zwei Seiten als Maler [Self-Portrait as a Painter from Two Aspects]

About this artwork

  • title:
    Selbstbildnis von Zwei Seiten als Maler [Self-Portrait as a Painter from Two Aspects]
  • accession number:
    GMA 3557
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  • materials:
    Colour lithographic poster
  • date created:
    1923
  • measurements:
    Paper size: 127.80 x 91.00 cm (framed: 160.70 x 119.70 x 3.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1990

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.