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The Pleading (Die Flehende), from O Eternity—thou thundering word (O Ewigkeit—du Donnerwort), Bach Cantata (Bachkantate) series

Accession Number
2007/2.121

Title
The Pleading (Die Flehende), from O Eternity—thou thundering word (O Ewigkeit—du Donnerwort), Bach Cantata (Bachkantate) series

Artist(s)
Oskar Kokoschka

Object Creation Date
1914

Medium & Support
lithograph on laid cream paper mounted on cardboard

Dimensions
21 9/16 in x 16 1/16 in (54.77 cm x 40.8 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection

Label copy
Oskar Kokoschka
Austria, 1886–1980
The Pleading (Die Flehende)
1914
Lithograph
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection, 2007/2.121
Alfred Kubin
Austria, 1887–1959
The Bremen Town Musicians (Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten)
1940
Graphite on paper
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection, 2007/2.118
Lovis Corinth
Germany, 1858–1925
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott)
1920
Ink on paper
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection, 2007/2.108
Prints and printing processes held a special position in the practices of Expressionist artists. On a practical level, prints were an easy way disseminate images and obtain income. For artists like Otto Dix and George Grosz, whose work had significant social and political dimensions, printmaking became a way to reach the masses. Yet prints were also a way to both tap into medieval German artistic traditions and reinvigorate traditional practices in the midst of increasing mechanization. Many Expressionists turned to German sources for their print subjects; these three works are based on a Bach cantata in the Kokoschka, a German folktale in the Kubin, and an illustrated history of Martin Luther in the Corinth.

Subject matter
A woman on knees looks up into, pleads, with the heavens. She is illuminated by moonlight, with a full moon appearing in the topmost sky. From an illustration series for Bach's Cantata, with Alma Mahler serving as model.

Physical Description
In the foreground, illuminated white, a woman, her long hair hanging down her back, kneels and gazes upward, her arms extended in front of her, her hands pointing skyward. The sky is nearly all dark, with a full moon appearing in the center top of the image.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
black and white print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
females
illustrations (layout features)
moonlight
moons
nudes
praying

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