Austrian painting

Hans Tietze and Eric Tietze-Konrat, Oscar Kokoschka

  • Author: Oscar Kokoschka
  • Museum: Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Year: 1909
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Description of the picture:

Hans Tietze and Erika Tietze-Konrat - Oscar Kokoschka. 1909. Oil on canvas. 77x136 cm

The picture was created by order of a family of art historians, fans of avant-garde painting. The work was supposed to be a wedding portrait. Customers were important people for any young artist. So Kokoschka gladly went to work. During this period of his work, the author is experiencing not only a creative, but also a personal crisis. The years 1908-1909 have a cure for syphilis. The diagnosis became widely known to the public, to the scandalous reputation of the libertine and rowdy, the "glory" of syphilitic was added. The newspapers were full of calls to “come to exhibitions of this type only in gloves” and other unflattering gems. Customers neglected public opinion ...
In the picture are a couple of very different in internal sound people. If a man is tense, then a woman is immersed in her thoughts. The faces of the characters are impenetrable, but the state is clear to the viewer.
Public attention focuses on the hands of heroes. The author carefully writes out each line of hands, adds bright colors and significantly increases the size of the palms, breaking all imaginable proportions and breaking the perspective.
Using fingers, needles, palms along with brushes, the author underlines with nerve strokes the nervous atmosphere of work, anticipates the rich and explosive life of the newlyweds. The color solution of the background, sustained in opposite colors by the colors, fills the work with special energy, drama.
Despite the avant-garde vision and the peculiarities of the transfer of space, the faces of the characters are very accurately written out. Art critics believe that this is the only work of the master, where people's faces are not subject to the distortion that is so characteristic of expressionists.

Other paintings by Oscar Kokoschka
Red egg
Charles Bridge in Prague
Wind bride