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Oskar Kokoschka, a real beast released in Vienna


REPORT - The Museum of Modern Art in Paris offers the Austrian painter a superb retrospective where his incisive art and his uncompromising gaze are affirmed.

Special Envoy to Vienna, Austria

Oskar Kokoschka signs his striking paintings with his initials, often in red, like a target.

His avant-garde painting aims at the heart and does not appease the mind.

It astonishes and carries along like a powerful wind, keeping this power of revelation and thunder which shook Austria at the beginning of the 20th century, yet probed into its soul by the Viennese Sigmund Freud.

His 1909


, the poster for his play

Meurtrier, espoir des femmes

, caused a scandal with its femme fatale with twisted arms and mortuary pallor, and her red man, as if flayed alive (today, a fragile treasure of the Leopold Museum).

He did it again.

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This youngest son of a goldsmith, born in Pöchlarn in Austria-Hungary on March 1, 1886, is an outstanding theatrical character, a painter and a productive writer until his last years in his peaceful Swiss retirement.

Very tall for his time, alternately in sandals or in gaiters, sporty, virile as the direct gaze confirms...

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Source: lefigaro

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