Kirschenzweig signed, inscribed Villeneuve and dated 57 (lower right); titled and numbered VII (verso) watercolour 47.6 x 63 cm. (18 3/4 x 24 3/4 in.)
Provenance Marlborough Fine Art, London. Acquired from the above by the father of the present owner, 1960.
Exhibited: London, Marlborough Fine Art, 1960.
In 1955-56, Oskar Kokoschka became seriously involved with the Mozart Festivals high season of performances in Salzburg. At the suggestion of the ailing conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, Kokoschka was commissioned to work on the stage setting for the Festivals production of W.A. Mozarts Magic Flute. Shortly after this period, Kokoschka returned to the more private activity of watercolour painting. Inspired by the gardens of his new home in Villeneuve, on the shores of Lake Geneva, Kokoschka found quiet enjoyment in what he called finger exercises. In these, the artist attempted to play off the lightness of the subject with the transparency of the medium. The result is a delicate rendering of a moment of nature at a time of intricate beauty.