Oskar Kokoschka View of the Thames 1959

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Artist
Oskar Kokoschka 1886–1980
Title
View of the Thames
Date 1959
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Frame: 1096 x 1396 x 75 mm, 22 kg
support: 914 x 1232 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by David Hellings 1970
Reference
T01252
Not on display

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Throughout his long career, Kokoschka developed a special affinity for riverscapes, painting river scenes in many major European cities, including Prague, Lyons, Dresden and Salzburg. He painted and sketched many river views of London from 1925 to the early 1970s, most frequently looking up or downstream from buildings near Waterloo Bridge. This view looks down river toward St Paul's Cathedral. Painted during a hot October, the artist's vantage point was the roof of the Shell-Mex building on the Strand. The picture was painted entirely on the spot without preliminary studies of any kind.

August 2004

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