Heather Lemonedes Chief Curator
Oskar Kokoschka (Austrian, 1886-1980)
Tempera paint and charcoal, 49.4 x 56 cm (19 7/16 x 22 1/16 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2017.102
Oskar Kokoschka made this drawing as a preparatory design for a wall mural on the theme of the inevitability of death. His energetic strokes of color portray a woman giving birth aided by three female attendants. The newborn’s absence and death is relayed in the lifeless pallor of the mother. The wall painting was to have been painted within the reception hall of a new cemetery complex in Breslau, but was never constructed because of World War I.
The Cleveland Museum of Art; Jan. 14, 2018-May 27, 2018. "Graphic Discontent: German Expressionism on Paper."
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