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Nude with Arms Overhead

Accession Number
2007/2.91

Title
Nude with Arms Overhead

Artist(s)
Oskar Kokoschka

Object Creation Date
1934

Medium & Support
blue crayon on beige laid paper

Dimensions
19 1/2 in. x 15 in. ( 49.53 cm x 38.1 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection

Label copy
Oskar Kokoschka
Austria, 1886–1980
Nude with Arms Overhead
1934
Blue crayon on paper
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection, 2007/2.91
Christian Rohlfs
Germany, 1849–1938
Female Nude Lying on Stomach
1911
Tempera and ink on paper
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection, 2007/2.107
As many Expressionists matured, changes in their formal style were reflected in their figure studies. Oskar Kokoschka’s first studies greatly resembled the thin and twisted contours of those of his schoolmate Egon Schiele. A noticeable change occured in the 1930s, as seen in Nude with Arms Overhead, when Kokoschka began to fill his contours with shading to create volume.
Christian Rohlfs was an established, academically trained artist who came to Expressionism in 1910 at the age of 61. This study of 1911 is one of Rohlf’s early Expressionist studies, which he turned into brightly colored, heavily impastoed paintings, such as the Female Nude from the Back (1911). The splashes of color here foreshadow his color experiments on canvas that would become a hallmark of
his Expressionist phase.

Subject matter
Female nude from bust up, eyes closed, turned 1/2 to right profile, arms over her head.

Physical Description
Nude woman in 3/4 profile from navel up, facing right, with eyes closed and arms resting on head. Right hand visible near left elbow.

Primary Object Classification
Drawing

Primary Object Type
study

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Keywords
bust
females
nudes

2 Related Resources

All Artists in the Degenerate Art Show
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
German Secessionists
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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