Zwei Kinder (zwei Mädchen)
Watercolour on ivory-coloured laid paper 47 x 61.5 cm Framed under glass. Monogrammed 'OK' in pencil lower right. - Slightly browned with weak brown-stains, the colours minimally faded. The margins somewhat irregularly cut.
Oskar Kokoschka's time in Dresden after World War I, from 1919 to 1922, marked a decidedly productive and creative period. He increasingly focused on portraiture and the numerous watercolours more than proved his skill as a colourist. “They form one of the highpoints in Kokoschka's art in particular and in 20th-century watercolours in general. During this period, the symbolic and visionary elements become more infrequent, with Kokoschka concentrating on the effect that he could create with a landscape, children, women's faces. He liberated human nature from the banalities of the moment, lending it a more universal dimension.” (Véronique Mauron, Werke der Oskar Kokoschka-Stiftung, Mainz, 1994, p. 60)
With a photo-certificate by Heinz Spielmann, dated 2 June 1989.
Formerly Dr. Ferdinand Ziersch Collection, Wuppertal; Galerie Großhennig, Düsseldorf (1983); in family possession since, North Germany
Düsseldorf 1983 (Galerie Grosshennig), Deutsche und französische Meisterwerke, cat. colour illus. p. 44