Very Good in Good DJ: The Book shows indications of careful use: light wear to extremities; barely discernible spine lean; heavy soiling to the top edge and minor siling to the cloth-covered boards. The Binding remains quite secure; the text is clean. The DJ shows fairly heavy wear; slight loss to chipping and rubbing at the upper extremities; three closed tears along the top edge; some soiling to the front panel; unclipped; mylar-protected. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. Folio. 90pp. 44 duotone illustrations; 38 color plates. Twentieth Century Masters Series. First published in 1970 in Italy. No attribution of the presumed translation. Hardback with DJ. One of a series of monographs on great 20th-century artists, this title is concerned with Oskar Kokoschka, a major figure in the Expresionist movement. After studying in Vienna, where he was strongly influenced by Art Nouveau, he painted the first of his Expressionist portraits, characterized by restless draughtsmanship and broken patterns of colour. Seriously wounded in World War I, Kokoschka produced little work until 1924 when he began a series of journeys through Europe to refresh his creative spirit. During this period he embarked on a number of colour experiments, particularly in landscape paintings. Condemned as "degenerate" by the Nazi regime, his paintings in public collections were confiscated, and Kokoschka subsequently moved to London, and then to Switzerland. His late paintings retain the Expressionist qualities of his best mature work, and their increasing abstraction reveals a kinship to Abstract Expressionism. This book presents 82 of Kokoschka's works, 38 in color, in an interspersed accessible text.
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