Birth of a Child (Geburt eines Kindes)

Birth of a Child (Geburt eines Kindes)

1914

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

Catalogue raisonné: Strobl & Strobl 802

Description

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.

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Collection: 
DR - Austrian
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing

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