Red Egg - Oscar Coconut. 63x76
Austrian painter of Czech origin Oscar Kokoschka belonged to the family of famous Prague jewelers and in his youth studied at the Vienna School of Applied Arts, where Gustav Klimt was one of his teachers. At the insistence of the architect A. Loos, who introduced the young artist to the circle of intellectuals, he began to paint. Kokoshka was delighted with the work of Van Gogh, painted a lot with colored pencils, and at the beginning of his creative activity he joined the expressionists.
The artist lived in Berlin for a long time, traveled to Northern Europe, returned to Vienna in 1933, and a year later moved to the homeland of his ancestors, to Prague. In response to the campaign launched by the Nazi authorities against “degenerative” art, he declared himself a “degenerate” and even created a self-portrait with that name. In 1938, fleeing from the persecution of the German authorities, Kokoshka emigrated to London, where he took an active public position and began to sharply criticize Hitler's aggressive militarism.
Painting "Red Egg" - an example of acute political satire, the artist’s reaction to the Munich agreement that shocked him, which, having satisfied the territorial claims of Germany, Hungary and Poland to Czechoslovakia, actually led to the partition of the country.
A small canvas seems large-scale, its colors are so vivid, free strokes are wide and strong, and grotesque characters are large. Performed in an expressive manner characteristic of the author’s early works, the painting amazes with the beauty of warm colors and the ugliness of ugly antiheroes.
On the table in the middle of the round tray is a bright red egg shell, from which the contents have already flowed, according to ancient tradition - this is a symbol of the victim. To whom it is brought is not difficult to guess. Devices have already been laid out, a fat cat licks under the table, two eerie heads greedily opened their mouths to the right and left, in which you can find cartoons of Hitler and Mussolini. A British lion in a crown rests its paws on a pile of documents with a distinctive inscription “Munich”, and in the distance, next to a stylized image of a city similar to Prague, an amorphous figure of a red crab looms - an image reminiscent of Winston Churchill's slowness.