Oskar Kokoschka was a prolific letter-writer for much of his long life, which spanned both World Wars and saw sweeping changes in art and society. This volume contains letters addressed to Alma Mahler during their passionate love affair between 1912 and 1915, and to other women in his life. In the years before World War I, his correspondents included the composer Arnold Schoenberg, the writer Karl Kraus, and the architect Adolf Loos. Later, cavalry training and active service on the Russian front in 1915 are graphically described, as are the artist's extensive travels in Europe and North Africa in the late 1920s. In the 1930s Kokoschka's works were denounced by the Nazis and exhibited as examples of "degenerate art". In 1938 he sought refuge in England, where he corresponded with Augustus John, Sir Kenneth Clark, Herbert Read, Joseph Needham and other distinguished contemporaries. After the war, he was associated with leading figures in the arts and public life, such as the conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler and Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. This selection of his letters is supplemented by explanatory notes and brief biographies of the recipients.
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Kokoschka's (1886-1980) historical significance has long been generally recognized, but, curiously, few specialist studies on his work are currently available. The artist, whose career spanned seven decades, was molded in turn-of-the-century Vienna, where he was closely linked to the expressionists. An outspoken critic of Hitler, he was the second largest "contributor" to the Nazi's landmark "Degenerate Art" exhibition of 1937. The current selection of his letters, supported by explanatory notes, biographies of the recipients, and a chronology of Kokoschka's life, is abridged from a four-volume German edition published in Dusseldorf (1984-88). While many influential people number among the correspondents, of special interest are letters to Alma Mahler and to Herbert Read, Augustus John, and Sir Kenneth Clark, with whom he corresponded after taking refuge in England. Oskar Kokoschka is a significant contribution to existing scholarship on this fascinating artist and the first to treat his late work at length. The volume is based on an exhibition catalog published in German that accompanied a major retrospective of Kokoschka's paintings last summer at the Kunstforum, Vienna. It contains a broad selection of paintings from all periods. An extensive biography illustrated with photographs, a selected bibliography, and a list of exhibitions since 1945 enable the reader to place Kokoschka's works within the context of his life and cultural milieu.--For serious art collections.
- Russell T. Clement, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, Ut.
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Throughout his life, Austrian painter Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) kept up voluminous correspondence with friends and lovers as well as with some of the most important artists, composers, musicians and political leaders of the 20th century. The letters in this volume (selected by his wife, Olda, and his close friend, Marnau, a novelist and translator) span his student days, his youthful love affairs (particularly his liaison with Alma Mahler, widow of the composer Gustav Mahler), his military service during WW I, his travels, his exile in London during WW II and his mature artistry. Although they reveal little about Kokoschka's working methods, the letters are interesting, for in them he poured out his feelings about the political, intellectual and cultural events of his time with the passion and intensity that characterizes his expressionist paintings. The book would be more satisfactory, however, if the explanatory notes, short biographies of the recipients and chronology of the artist's life (all of which are essential for an understanding of the letters) had not been relegated to the back of the volume. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Hardcover with DJ, in shrink wrap. Codice libro della libreria 70037860
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Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson, Inc, United Kingdom, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. NEW BOOK and DJ, now with Mylar protection. //For a painter whose works were to be denounced by the Nazis and exhibited as examples of so-called degenerate art, Kokoschka went on to become widely admired and loved, and a wonderful man he must have been. Read these letters, which can only corroborate what we just said. Codice libro della libreria 002513
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