About this artwork

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'.

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  • title:
    Zrání (High Summer)
  • accession number:
    GMA 21
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1938 - 1940
  • measurements:
    68.30 x 89.20 cm (framed: 94.00 x 114.60 x 9.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Presented by the Czechoslovak Government in Exile 1942
  • copyright:
    © Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/ DACS 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Oskar Kokoschka

Oskar Kokoschka