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: Catalogue: Oskar Kokoschka's Lake Geneva


Goldthwaite Higginson Dorr III



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
In contrast to his Tower Bridge, London, Kokoschka's Lake Geneva embodies a greater refinement of vision and a greater breadth of handling. The sense of space and atmosphere has increased, while the means by which this was accomplished have grown more frugal. The luminosity of this work, created by the use of watercolor, is not evident in the earlier oil.Kokoschka rarely painted a landscape that does not contain some human activity or creation. This is one of those rare works, a view of untouched nature with the mountains rising precipitously on the French side of the lake.Views across lakes were a favorite subject of Kokoschka. He painted a similar composition from Montreux in 1956. In both, Kokoschka's sure hand has created a spontaneous, sunny image of nature in her glory.Referenced Work of Art
  1. Oskar Kokoschka, Austrian, 1886- . Lake Geneva, 1957. Watercolor, 19” x 25”. Signed and dated lower right: O Kokoschka 57. Accession 61.36.6.CollectionsOskar Kokoschka, Minneapolis; P. D. McMillan, Minneapolis, 3 December, 1957; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Bequest of Putman Dana McMillan, 15 November, 1961.
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Source: Goldthwaite Higginson Dorr III, "Catalogue: Oskar Kokoschka's Lake Geneva," <i>The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Bulletin</i> 50, no. 4 (December, 1961): 66-67.
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Added to Site: March 10, 2009