Oskar Kokoschka
Marianne-Maquis 1942

Artwork details

Oskar Kokoschka 1886–1980
Date 1942
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 635 x 762 mm
frame: 798 x 922 x 75 mm
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Olda Kokoschka, the artist's widow, in honour of the directorship of Sir Alan Bowness 1988
Not on display

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1942 was a year of deadlock during the Second World War. Whilst the Soviet Union was battling the Nazis in the East, there were repeated calls for British and American governments to launch a Second Front in Western Europe. In Marianne-Maquis, Kokoschka vents his criticism of the allies’ delay by showing British war leaders Winston Churchill and General Montgomery drinking tea in the Café de Paris in Soho. The central figure is Marianne, the traditional personification of France, now linked to the ‘Maquis’, the French Resistance.

November 2006