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Kokoschka and Music

Kokoschka and Music

Et la Musique | And Music

By (author) Dominique Radrizzani


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  • The link between painting and music in the works of Oscar Kokoschka is explored in this original volume
Full Description
The Austrian painter Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) was closely linked to his country's musical tradition, in particular to the Viennese composers Schonberg, Berg, and Webern. His friends included the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, and the musicians Richter, Serkin, Menuhin and Casals. In his autobiography, Kokoschka declared that he "had closer relationships with contemporary musicians than with painters or writers." With his masterly painting The Power of Music (1918-20) Kokoschka entered the debate on musical dissonance, tonality and chromatic harmony, evoking a 'music of colours'. This book focuses on the artist's music-inspired works and presents Kokoschka's favourite theme: the effects of music on the human soul. It also includes never-published-before extracts from the countless correspondences between the artist and his musician friends. Text in English and French.
About the Author
Regine Bonnefoit is an art historian and curator of the Oskar Kokoschka Foundation, Musee Jenisch, Vevey. Ruth Hausler is curator of the manuscript department at the Bibliotheque Centrale in Zurich.
5 Continents Editions
1st Jan 2019
Paperback / softback
240 mm x 210 mm
120 Pages
12 color, 32 b&w
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