Bust. Head turned right. Open mouth showing white teeth. Blue eyes, various red, blue and yellow on face and hair.
This startling self-image marks Kokoschka's first foray into an expressionist style, as he presented his own features distorted with suffering. His skin seems peeled back to reveal nerves and raw flesh. When it was first displayed in 1909, the bust was ridiculed by most who saw it. However, Adolf Loos, an architect and critic, bought the work, recognizing young Kokoschka's brilliant new approach, which rejected the graceful, linear forms of the popular Art Nouveau style in favor of a brutally expressive quality.
Self-Portrait as a Warrior
- Austrian (Vienna), 1909
- Oskar Kokoschka, Austrian, 1886–1980
- 36.5 x 31.5 x 19.5 cm (14 3/8 x 12 3/8 x 7 11/16 in.)
- Medium or Technique
- Unfired clay painted with tempera
- Accession Number
- On view
- Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery (Europe, 1900–1960 / Modernism) - 155