Catalogue entry

Oskar Kokoschka 1886-1980

T02208 Dr Fannina W. Halle c.1910-12

Inscribed 'OK' b.r.
Black chalk on paper, 17 3/4 x 12 (45 x 30.5)
Bequeathed by Dr Leopold Rubinstein 1977
Prov: Dr Fannina W. Halle, Vienna and New York; her brother Dr Leopold Rubinstein, London

A portrait of Dr Fannina W. Halle (1881-1963), art historian and sociologist. Born in Panevezys, Lithuania (now part of Soviet Russia), she married in 1907 Dr Walter Halle, who with his brother owned half of the chemical concern Poznansky & Strelitz K.G. in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, before the First World War (works in Vienna, Budapest and Witkowitz). She was herself a PhD of Vienna University and the author of a number of books on ancient Russian and Byzantine art and Soviet life, including Alrrussische Kunst 1921 and Die Frau in Sowiet-Russland (Women in Soviet Russia) 1932. She emigrated to the USA in 1940 and later became an American citizen. Her death took place in New York.

Kokoschka dated a photograph of this work on the back in March 1967 'Probably 1910-12, Vienna'. The paper may have been cut down at some stage, as drawn lines on both sides end abruptly.

The Halles also owned an oil painting of c.1911 by Kokoschka 'The Flight out of Egypt' (Wingler No.52), and there was an unrealised project for him to paint a double portrait of them both. In an undated letter to Dr Walter Halle, evidently written about 1912-14, Kokoschka quoted a fee of 1000 Kr. for a double portrait and suggested that this be paid in five monthly instalments of 200 Kr. Dr Walter Halle died in 1918.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.391-2, reproduced p.391