About this artwork
The daughter of a Russian merchant, Niuta Kallin had an intimate relationship with Kokoschka and lived on and off with the artist between 1921 and 1925. The inscription below her left arm, which translates to “With passionate heart, your human arrow,” was often used by Kokoschka in his letters to Kallin. Malina (raspberry) was Kokoschka’s pet name for her and appears at the top left of the drawing. While the artist had written of her “stern and beautiful” eyes in a letter to her, this rendering captures the uncertainty brought on by their long distance relationship.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Oskar Kokoschka
- Portrait of Niuta Kallin
- Austria (Artist's nationality)
- Made 1917–1927
- Black crayon on tan wove paper, laid down on wood pulp board
- Inscribed recto, upper left, in blue crayon: "Malina"; lower right, in black crayon: "Coeur fièvreux / ta fleche humaine"
- 66.3 × 49.7 cm (26 1/8 × 19 5/8 in.)
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection
- © 2018 Fondation Oskar Kokoschka / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zurich