Oskar Kokoschka - Blumenstillleben - image-1

Lot 214 D

Oskar Kokoschka - Blumenstillleben

Modern Art  30.11.2018, 17:00 - 30.11.2018, 22:00

Estimate: 30.000 € - 40.000 €
Result: 24.800 €

Oskar Kokoschka


Watercolour on drawing paper 58 x 41.8 cm Framed under glass. Signed and dated 'OKokoschka 1963' in pencil lower right. - Slightly browned overall, firmly laid down on support card.

Oskar Kokoschka's late work is characterised by the spontaneous, direct technique of watercolour painting. He captures the delicate, fresh colours of models in nature, found in his garden near Lake Geneva, in still lifes of flowers and landscape views.
The floral still life shown here is also of an unaffected immediacy of great colouristic richness. We do not see an elaborate bouquet, but the lively disorder of simple garden flowers, which have been put together in a glass vase that is only visible as a blur. The painter captures the different haptics of the plants in light, confident brush strokes: the velvety violet petals of a clematis in the upper left corner, the firm yellow bloom of the coreopsis in the front centre, of which the serrated petals are framed by dark outlines, or the woody branch on the right, from which narrow green leaves and soft magenta-coloured flowers hang.


We would like to thank Alfred Weidinger, Leipzig, for kind information. The watercolour will be included in the third volume of the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of drawings and watercolours by Oskar Kokoschka.


Im Kinsky, Vienna, 84th auction Klassische Moderne, 10 May 2011, lot 75; Private collection, North Germany