KOKOSCHKA, OSKAR

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KOKOSCHKA, OSKAR - An unidentified quotation, quite possibly from one of his early literary works
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KOKOSCHKA, OSKAR - An unidentified quotation, quite possibly from one of his early literary works

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KOKOSCHKA, OSKAR. (1886-1980). Austrian painter and dramatist; one of the leading exponents of Expressionism. AQS. (“Oskar Kokoschka”). 1p., Oblong 12mo. Bonn (?), December 19, 1950. An unidentified quotation, quite possibly from one of his earlier literary works.

 

He began to walk while around him cities were neon-lit landscapes. In the midst of darkness that suddenly befell this world, he found himself in the midst of a graveyard and began to think whether he had not lost his way while dreaming.

 

Kokoschka was a controversial painter and writer whose unconventional style caused his dismissal from the School of Arts and Crafts and a scandal at the 1909 Kunstschau exhibition. The same year he staged his controversial play Murderer, the Hope of Women, which shocked critics with its lack of a traditional plot and character development and its new use of visual elements.

 

In 1910, Kokoschka found success as an illustrator for Der Sturm and the following year he became an instructor at the School of Arts and Crafts, the very institution that had once thrown him out. His work was deemed “degenerate” by the Nazis (an insult he embraced), and he even penned an essay entitled Self-portrait of a Degenerate Artist. In 1953, Kokoschka permanently settled in Villeneuve on the shores of Lake Geneva and started the School of Seeing at the Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst in Salzburg. Since his death, Kokoschka’s fame has only increased and his works can be found in most major art museums, including the substantial holdings at New York City’s Guggenheim.

 

Written on a card printed with the heading “Autogramm” and a black border. In fine condition. Uncommon in this format.

 

 

Item #15263

$750


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