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Kokoschka spent his first months in England in 1939 as a refugee in Hampstead, but around the end of July he moved to Polperro in Cornwall, where he lived on a house on a cliff overlooking the sea. Unfortunately war broke out shortly after his arrival and, for security reasons, painting in the open air was forbidden. This picture was painted inside his house and shows the view from a window. The artist has written on the back '30 years of an emigrant's artistic wisdom. An artist's signature remains - but leaders of states bloom & fall.'

September 2004