Dream Vision

A work made of pen and black ink, with watercolor and red gouache, over graphite, on tan wove paper.
© 2018 Fondation Oskar Kokoschka / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zurich

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  • A work made of pen and black ink, with watercolor and red gouache, over graphite, on tan wove paper.

Date:

1908/09

Artist:

Oskar Kokoschka
Austrian, 1886–1980

About this artwork

Kokoschka worked in the style of the Viennese Art Noveau, or Jugendstil (Youth Style), in which artists sought to disassociate with so-called high art and focus on decorative arts, printmaking, and the book arts. Kokoschka illustrated several books: shown here is a scene from Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, the story of a shipwrecked sailor stranded on a remote island in the Atlantic Ocean. Although the book was intended for adults, Kokoschka’s illustration resembles one from a children’s book, with its thick black lines and bold colors. The crowded, shallow space in the composition reflects the anxiety Crusoe feels, as he is trapped in the strange, dreamlike world of the island.

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Artist

Oskar Kokoschka

Title

Dream Vision

Origin

Austria

Date

1908–1909

Medium

Pen and black ink, with watercolor and red gouache, over graphite, on tan wove paper

Dimensions

228 × 179 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.964

Copyright

© 2018 Fondation Oskar Kokoschka / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zurich

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