Oskar Kokoschka Ambassador Ivan Maisky 1942–3

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Artwork details

Artist
Oskar Kokoschka 1886–1980
Title
Ambassador Ivan Maisky
Date 1942–3
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1019 x 768 mm
frame: 1097 x 842 x 61 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Dr Henry Dreyfuss 1943
Reference
N05432

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Like most of the paintings completed during Kokoschka’s stay in London, this portrait of Soviet Ambassador Ivan Mikhailovich Maisky has strong political significance. Maisky was closely involved in drawing up the Anglo-Soviet Alliance, after the breakdown of the Nazi-Soviet pact in 1941. Behind him is a statue of Lenin, and a globe turned to display the USSR. Kokoschka later recalled that the Ambassador was reluctant to talk, and hid his face in The Times during many of the 30 sittings.

July 2008

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