head of a man in 3/4 view, turned slightly toward PR, looking up; neutral mouth; multicolors

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Head of a Man, 1962

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Drawing was fundamental to the artistic practice of Oskar Kokoschka, whose work was expressionist in its tendency to communicate internal emotional states rather than outward appearances. Some 5,000 drawings by the artist survive. Colored chalk was a favorite medium, and he deployed it in nervous lines. This drawing harks back to a self-portrait that he made in the early 1920s, which he called "Self-portrait from Two Views." He traveled extensively in his later career and gave many of his sketches to the friends he made along the way. As the inscription shows, this study was given to Minneapolis author and philanthropist Rosalynd C. Pflaum (1917–2014), whom the artist met on one of at least three visits he made to Minnesota.

Details
Title
Head of a Man
Artist Life
1886–1980
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.29.1
Provenance
The artist to Rosalynd Pflaum (1917-2014), Wayzata, MN
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head of a man in 3/4 view, turned slightly toward PR, looking up; neutral mouth; multicolors

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