This double portrait is of the art historian Carl Georg Heise (1890-1979) and the typographer Hans Mardersteig (1892-1977), who were in a homo sexual relationship. Originally the panels were to be joined with a hinge like a medieval diptych, as portraits of married couples were. In the end, at the request of the two friends, they were placed side by side in a frame. This made it look like an ordinary friendship painting of the kind often encountered in German Romanticism., Kokoschka wished to express the personalities of two friends through colour and painterly treatment. The introvert Mandersteig (left) is rendered in a dreamy blue with yellow accents to symbolise his inner glow. The extrovert Heisse is shown in a lively green with busy hands. The separate portraits have been brought together in a large frame.
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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered
Dear Jamie, The first paragraph was written in 2014. The second paragraph stems from 2010. Kind regards, Jephta
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|Title||Double Portrait of Hans Mardersteig and Carl Georg Heise|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Height 100 cm
Width 144.6 cm
|Accession number||2419 (MK)|
|Credits||Aankoop / Purchase: Stichting Fonds Willem van Rede 1956|
|Collector||Collector / W. van Rede|
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The Collection Enriched (2011)
Oskar Kokoschka - Mensen en beesten (2013)
Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
|Geographical origin||Austria > Western Europe > Europe|
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All about the artist
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...Bekijk het volledige profiel