The Dream


Oskar Kokoschka ( Austrian, 1886 - 1980 )

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Dense lines in irregular patterns convey a sense of movement contained beneath the surface of the image. In this scene from William Shakespeare's The Tempest, the seated woman tilts her head back and closes her eyes in a dreamlike state, as Prospero's words run along the bottom: "We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep." Fascinated by the inner truth of things, Oskar Kokoschka developed a style that reveals the forces of movement teeming under the surface.

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Heather MacDonald, DMA label copy, 2008.

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