Oskar Kokoschka

Austria / 1886 - 1980 / wikipedia / visualmelt.com
Oskar Kokoschka 'was an Austrian artist, poet and playwright best known for his intense expressionistic portraits and landscapes.'

'Consciousness is a sea ringed with visions.' (Oskar Kokoschka)

'I used to be too subjective, and I was always tempted to find my inner self in the exterior and dissipate my imagination on other people and on life.' (Oskar Kokoschka)

Oskar Kokoschka (1 March 1886 – 22 February 1980); Austrian artist, poet and playwright best known for his intense expressionistic portraits and landscapes.

....He volunteered for service as a cavalryman in the Austrian army in World War I, and in 1915 was seriously wounded. At the hospital, the doctors decided that he was mentally unstable. Nevertheless, he continued to develop his career as an artist, traveling across Europe and painting the landscape.
Oskar Kokoschka in 1963, by Erling Mandelmann

He commissioned a life-sized female doll in 1918. Although intended to simulate Alma and receive his affection, the gynoid-Alma did not satisfy Kokoschka and he destroyed it during a party.

....Kokoschka became a British citizen in 1946 and would only regain Austrian citizenship in 1978. He traveled briefly to the United States in 1947 before settling in Switzerland, where he lived the rest of his life. He died in Montreux on 22 February 1980.

Kokoschka had much in common with his contemporary Max Beckmann. Both maintained their independence from German Expressionism, yet are now regarded as textbook examples of the style. Nonetheless, their individualism set both apart from the main movements of Twentieth Century modernism. Both wrote eloquently of the need to develop the art of "seeing" (Kokoschka emphasized depth perception while Beckmann was concerned with mystical insight into the invisible realm), and both were masters of innovative oil-painting techniques anchored in earlier traditions.
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