Pöchlarn n. Vienna 1886 - 1980 Montreux
Oskar Kokoschka was one of the most significant Austrian representatives of Expressionism and the Wiener Moderne. Kokoschka worked at the Wiener Werkstätte, but also published illustrated volumes of verse as well as an Expressionist drama in the magazine 'Der Sturm'. In 1919, he was given a professorship at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, before his work was defamed as 'degenerate' by the National Socialists and the artist emigrated to England. Kokoschka's most important works include the portraits in which he was more concerned with painterly issues such as brushwork and colour as opposed to mere outward resemblance. Later, he concentrated more on cityscapes.