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Ruth III, 1922

Oskar Kokoschka

Austrian, 1886-1980
Lithograph on heavy laid paper
28-1/8 x 21-1/8 in. (71.4 x 53.7 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
© 2014 Fondation Oskar Kokoschka / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zurich Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Not on view

Over his long career, Oskar Kokoschka made dozens of portraits, several of them in series. This portrait of Ruth Landshoff (1904–1966) may have been intended for an unrealized portfolio entitled “Daughters of the Covenant,” which was to feature a group of five Jewish women. The sitter strikes a peculiar pose because she is listening to music—her thoughts, as her physical self, are transported elsewhere. The certainty of Kokoschka’s black lines stems from his extensive experiments with graphic work, and his confidence deploying oil crayon on a lithograph stone shows in the colored brushwork of his contemporaneous painted portraits.

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