Austrian painting

Painting "The Bride of the Wind", Oskar Kokoshka

  • Author: Oscar Kokoschka
  • Museum: Art Museum, Basel
  • Year: 1913-1914
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Description of the picture:

Bride of the wind - Oscar Kokoshka. 1913-1914. Canvas, oil. 181x220cm

There was no more famous couple in Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century. “Wild” artist and “fam fatal” of the art world, cheerful widow Gustav Mahler. Oscar and Alma. Turbulent romance, scandals, scabrous antics - the light never ceased to be surprised by their union. It is no coincidence that the most famous work of Oskar Kokoschka was the picture in which the lovers are depicted together.
A sleeping pair of intertwined bodies in a stormy ocean. The society, impressed by the terrible loss of passengers of the Titanic, saw in this work a hint of the most tragic man-made disaster of the century. The picture was painted at the moment when the relationship of lovers were supposed to end. The artist made a last attempt to keep Alma near him, wrote a picture in which they will always be together.
The contrast between the peace of the couple in love and the raging ocean makes this work temperamental and tragic. The characteristic deformation of the expressionist space is dramatic and emotionally saturated. On the other hand, the color scheme of the work, consisting of cool shades of blue, balances the emotional background and allows the viewer to calmly see all the details of the work.
The male figure looks lifeless, and the female is full of life-giving power, tenderness and warmth. The author himself argued that the picture carries the idea of ​​eternal union and the inseparability of relations.
Alma, after the break with Kokoshka, never saw him. Having married twice more, she ended her life in America.

Other paintings by Oscar Kokoschka
Red egg
Charles Bridge in Prague
Hans Tietze and Eric Tietze-Konrat

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