Adolph Loos (1909) by Oskar Kokoschka

Adolph Loos - Oskar Kokoschka - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleAdolph Loos
ArtistOskar Kokoschka
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions91 x 74 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationSchloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany

About Adolph Loos

The artwork “Adolph Loos” was created by the artist Oskar Kokoschka in 1909 and is executed in oil on canvas. As an example of Expressionism, this portrait measures 91 by 74 centimeters and is housed in Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany. The genre of the work is portraiture, reflecting the Expressionist movement’s emphasis on conveying emotional experience rather than reproducing reality.

In the artwork by Oskar Kokoschka, one can observe a seated male figure, presumably Adolph Loos, rendered with the characteristic bold brushwork and intense coloration for which Expressionism is known. The subject’s face is detailed with expressive lines and a thoughtful gaze, which suggests a psychological depth consistent with Kokoschka’s aim to capture the inner emotional life of his sitters. The background appears to be abstracted, not offering any particular location or context but rather serving to accentuate the emotional ambiance surrounding the figure. The colors are somewhat muted, predominantly in shades of brown, green, and blue, evoking a somber atmosphere. The portrayal of the hands is notably elaborate as well, emphasizing their movement or stillness and potentially symbolizing the individual’s creative or intellectual character. The distinct brushstrokes and the use of light contribute to a feeling of restlessness and intimacy, both hallmarks of the Expressionist style.

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