Portrait of Franz Hauer
Portrait of Franz Hauer, ca. 1914
Oil on canvas
120.7 x 106.1 cm (47 1/2 x 41 3/4 inches)
Georgianna Sayles Aldrich Fund and Museum Works of Art Fund 53.121
In this portrait, Kokoschka employs expressive brushstrokes to exaggerate the gaunt face, bony hands, and loose fit of clothing on tavern keeper Franz Hauer’s emaciated frame. Hauer was a sympathetic collector of works by avant-garde artists in Vienna and an early supporter of Kokoschka, who portrays him in the final year of his life. In spite of the subject’s frail appearance, his character is reinforced by the broad paint-handling that animates the surface of the work.
Kokoschka considered this one of his “black portraits,” reflecting the both the psychology of his sitter and the deep anxiety that gripped Austrian society as World War I approached.
European Paintings and Sculpture, ca. 1770 - 1937
Edited BySlimmon, Ann H, and Judith A. Singsen, eds.
Contributions byRosenfeld, Daniel, et al
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1991
TypeMonographs and CollectionsSelected Works
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsExchange Exhibition, Exhibition ExchangeFrom the Collection of Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; From the Collection of The Museum of Art, Rhode
Contributions byMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Waltham, MA: Rose Art Museum, Brandesi University., 1967