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Kokoschka, Oskarlocked

(b Pöchlarn, Lower Austria, March 1, 1886; d Montreux, Feb 22, 1980).
  • Edwin Lachnit

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Austrian painter, printmaker and writer. He revolutionized the art of the turn of the century, adopting a radical approach to art, which was for him essential to the human condition and politically engaged. Kokoschka promoted a new visual effect in painting, related to making visible the immaterial forces active behind the external appearance of things, in which the object was a living, moving substance that revealed its inner essence to the eye. This applied to the portraits as well as to the townscapes (...

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