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The Mandrill

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  • Vincent asked

    what are the dimensions of the original painting and what method did he use to paint this

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hello Vincent, the dimensions of this painting are Width 102 cm * Height 127 cm. It's an oil painting on canvas. Best, Xin


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For Kokoschka dynamic brush marks were an essential characteristic of Expressionism. His models should be in constant movement. He did not wish to sketch merely the body,
but the body in movement. Animals were ideal subjects for him because they do not pose. Kokoschka painted this mandrill in the London Zoo., Kokoschka painted the mandrill in London Zoo. In his painting he emphasizes the wild, untamed nature of the animal, in a sense giving it back its freedom. Nothing in this painting makes you think of small cages and thick bars. ‘When I was painting him, I saw [that] this is a wild, isolated fellow, almost like a mirror image of myself. Someone who wants to be alone.’

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Title The Mandrill
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage

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Oskar Kokoschka

Pöchlarn 1886 - Montreux 1980

Oskar Kokoschka was born in Austria in 1896 to a Czech family. During his studies in Vienna one of his teachers was the famous artist Gustav Klimt, who...

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