Oskar Kokoschka

Oskar Kokoschka
Portrait of Trudl
ca. 1931-1932
Graphite and white chalk on paper.
19 5/8 x 14 inches (49.8 x 35.6 cm)
Thaw Collection.
© Oskar Kokoschka / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Kokoschka was a major figure of the Viennese avant-garde at the beginning of the twentieth century. In his influential portraits, he conveyed the psychology of his sitters through his depiction of their physical appearance. During the autumn of 1931, he began a series of drawings and paintings depicting the daughter of a neighbor in the Liebhartstal district outside Vienna, a fourteen or fifteen-year-old girl named Trudl Bandera. About twenty drawings and six paintings of Trudl exist, showing her in a variety of roles and moods. In contrast to the agitated, expressionistic portraits for which he had become known, his portraits of Trudl appear heavier and more classical. In this sheet, the girl's pose and slightly downcast eyes convey the shyness of adolescence.


Signed at lower right in graphite, "O. Kokoschka"; inscribed in lower right corner, in graphite, "3"; on verso, inscribed at lower right corner, in graphite, "13961"; and below that, in a different hand, in graphite, "Sammlung Valentin / New York, USA"; at bottom center, in graphite, "248" and "40"; in lower right corner, in graphite, "B. Kokoschka “ttia” / Kreidezeichng. 1933 / E2282".

Bohuslav Kokoschka (1892-1976), the artist's brother; Curt Valentin (1902-1954), New York; George Rickey (1907-2002), East Chatham, New York; sale, Hauswedell & Nolte, Hamburg, 10 June 2004, lot 350; William H. Schab Master Prints and Drawings, Inc., New York; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.
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