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Double Portrait of Hans Mardersteig and Carl Georg Heise

Double Portrait of Hans Mardersteig and Carl Georg Heise

Oskar Kokoschka (in 1919)

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    Dear Jamie,
    The first paragraph was written in 2014. The second paragraph stems from 2010.
    Kind regards,


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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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Title Double Portrait of Hans Mardersteig and Carl Georg Heise
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 100 cm
Width 144.6 cm
Artists Schilder: Oskar Kokoschka
Accession number 2419 (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: Stichting Fonds Willem van Rede 1956
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1956
Age artist About 33 years old
Collector Collector / W. van Rede
Internal exhibitions Dubbel Portret (1981)
Een prikkelcollectie (2000)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
Oskar Kokoschka - Mensen en beesten (2013)
Geographical origin Austria > Western Europe > Europe

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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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