Oskar Kokoschka

1886 Born at Pöchlarn in Austria.

1904–9 Studies at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna.

1908 Exhibited at the Kunstschau, organised by Gustav Klimt.

1909 Again exhibits at the Kunstschau. Conservative critics are outraged.

1910 Herewath Walden engages Kokoschka to provide illustrations for Der Sturm.

1912 A love affair develops between Kokoschka and Alma Mahler, the widow of Gustav Mahler.

1913 Paints Bride of the Wind an intense expression of his love for Alma.

1914 Alma severs the relationship with Kokoschka. She later weds Walter Gropius. Kokoschka volunteers for service in the army.

1915 He is wounded while serving in the Ukraine.

1919 Appointed professor at the Kunstakademie in Dresden.

1923–34 Leaves Dresden and travels widely visiting many European cities. He paints views of London, Lyons, Paris, Madrid, Vienna and Venice among others.

1934 After settling for a short period in Vienna, Kokoschka moves to Prague because of the increasingly authoritarian political regime in Austria.

1935 Becomes a citizen of Czechoslovakia. Meets his future wife Olda Palkovská.

1938 The Nazi seizure of Czechoslovakia prompts Kokoschka and Olda to flee to London.

1947 After spending the war in Britain he becomes a British citizen.

1953 Settles in Villeneuve on Lake Geneva.

1955 Designs sets for Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Salzburg Festival.

1960–62 Designs sets and costumes for productions at the Burgtheater in Vienna.

1975 Becomes an Austrian citizen again.

1980 Dies at Montreux.


Country, Region or State:

Austria Britain

Oskar Kokoschka - Selected Works

1909 Hans Tietze and Erica Tietze-Conrat, New York, MOMA

1909 Portrait of Adolf Loos, Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie

1910 Still Life with Dead Lamb, Vienna, Belvedere

1910 Portrait of Herwath Walden, Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie

1911 Veronica’s Veil, Budapest, Museum of Fine Arts

1914 The Tempest or The Bride of the Wind, Basel, Kunstmuseum

1915 Knight Errant, New York, Guggenheim Museum

1917 Portrait of the Artist’s Mother, Vienna, Belvedere

1917 The EmigrĀŽés, Munich, Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst

1919 Woman in Blue, Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie

1922 Neustadt, Dresden, Hamberg, Kunsthalle

1926 Large Thames View I, Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery

1939 Polperro II, London, Tate

1940 The Crab, London, Tate

1942 Loreley, London, Tate

1951 Max Brauer, Hamburg, Kunsthalle

Oskar Kokoschka - Featured Paintings

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