Portrait of Mrs. Karpeles (Frau K.)


Oskar Kokoschka, British, b. Pochlarn, Austria, 1886–1980

Oil on canvas, 39 1/4 × 29 1/4 in. (99.7 × 74.3 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Accession Number: 66.2775

The Artist, Vienna
Dr. and Mrs. Karpeles, Vienna
Dr. Oskar Reichel, Vienna
Nassauisches Landesmuseum, Wiesbaden, by 1930-37 (confiscated and deaccessioned, 1937; sold by Karl Buchholz, Berlin, by 1941)
Buchholz Gallery, New York, by 1941 (owned and operated by Curt Valentin)
Curt Valentin Gallery, New York, to 16 September 1954
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 16 September 1954-17 May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Exhibition History:
GALERIE CASPARI, Munich. July 1922.
NEUES MUSEUM, Nassauische Kunstverein, Wiesbaden. "30 Aus Unserer Zeit, Deutsche Kunstler," 6 April-June 1930, p. 17.
BUCHHOLZ GALLERY, New York. "Oskar Kokoschka," 27 October-15 November 1941, no. 9, ill.
[BUCHHOLZ GALLERY, New York. "Early Work by Contemporary Artists," 16 November-4 December 1943, no. 25 (as "Portrait of a Lady," 1912, oil)].
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Boston. "Oskar Kokoschka: A Retrospective Exhibition," 6 October-14 November 1948, no. 17, ill. Tour: PHILLIPS MEMORIAL GALLERY, Washington, DC, 5 December 1948-15 January 1949; CITY ART MUSEUM OF ST. LOUIS, 21 February-21 March; M. H. DE YOUNG MEMORIAL MUSEUM, San Francisco, 10 April-15 May; WILMINGTON SOCIETY OF THE FINE ARTS, DELAWARE ART CENTER, 5 June-3 July; MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, 19 July-4 October.
CURT VALENTIN GALLERY, New York. "Lehmbruck and His Contemporaries," 24 September-13 October 1951, no. 27.
CURT VALENTIN GALLERY, New York. "Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture," September 1954, no. 14.
BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, Waltham, Massachusetts. "Three Collections," 1-17 June 1955, no. 22.
TWEED GALLERY, University of Minnesota, Duluth. "Collector's Choice," 1-30 April 1956.
PASADENA ART MUSEUM, California. "Expressionism to Bauhaus," 23 April-4 June 1961.
TATE GALLERY, London. "Oskar Kokoschka," 14 September-11 November 1962, no. 33, p. 31.
KUNSTVEREIN, Hamburg. 8 December 1962-27 January 1963, pl. 17.
MARLBOROUGH-GERSON GALLERY, New York. "Artist and Maecenas: A Tribute to Curt Valentin," November-December 1963, no. 243, ill. p. 127.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Van Gogh and Expressionism in Modern Art," 1 July-13 September 1964.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS, New York (organizer). "Paintings from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation Collection: A View of the Protean Century," no. 82. Tour: M. KNOEDLER & CO., New York, 31 October-24 November 1962; CURRIER GALLERY OF ART, Manchester, New Hampshire, 16 December-12 January 1963; CARNEGIE INSTITUTE, Pittsburgh, 30 January-26 February; EVANSVILLE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCE, Indiana, 16 March-12 April; MUNSON-WILLIAMS-PROCTOR INSTITUTE, Utica, New York, 30 April-27 May; J.B. SPEED ART MUSEUM, Louisville, Kentucky, 13 June-10 July; MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS, 30 July-25 August; SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, 11 September-8 October; SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART, 26 October-23 November; COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER, 11 December 1963-7 January 1964; DALLAS MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 26 January-23 February; OKLAHOMA ART CENTER, Oklahoma City, 12 March-8 April; BROOKS MEMORIAL ART GALLERY, Memphis, 25 April-23 May; ATLANTA ART ASSOCIATION, 10 June-7 July; SAGINAW ART MUSEUM, Michigan, 25 July-22 August; MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 8 September-6 October; ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM, Pennsylvania, 24 October-21 November; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, 9 December 1964-10 January 1965; BROOKLYN MUSEUM, New York, 8 February-5 April.
MARLBOROUGH-GERSON GALLERY, New York. "Oskar Kokoschka," October-November 1966, no. 12, ill. p. 32.
MARLBOROUGH GALLERY, New York. "Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) Memorial Exhibition," 9 May-13 June 1981, no. 10, p. 15, ill. p. 33.
GALERIE ST. ETIENNE, New York. "Arnold Schoenberg's Vienna," 13 November 1984-5 January 1985, ill.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Vienna 1900: Art, Architecture and Design," 25 June-26 October 1986.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Oskar Kokoschka Retrospective," 9 December-16 February 1987.
MUSEO DEL VITTORIANO, Rome. "Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele: From Art Nouveau to Expressionism," 7 October 2001-3 February 2002.
NEUE GALERIE, New York. "Birth of the Modern: Style and Identity in Vienna 1900," 24 February-27 June 2011, no. 57, color ill. p. 153.

Published References:
WESTHEIM, PAUL. Oskar Kokoschka (Potsdam-Berlin: Gustav Kiepenhauer, 1918), no. 17, ill, pp. 32, 53.
WESTHEIM, PAUL. Oskar Kokoschka (Berlin: Cassirer, 1925), no. 66, ill.
PLAUT, JAMES S. Oskar Kokoschka (New York: Chanticleer, 1945), p. 83, ill.
HOFFMAN, EDITH. Kokoschka, Life and Work (London: Faber & Faber, 1947), p. 99, no. 43, p. 296.
PUMA, FERNANDO. Modern Art Looks Ahead (New York: Beechhurst Press, 1947), p. 12, ill.
HUGHES, EMMET JOHN. "Joe Hirshhorn: the Brooklyn Uranium King," Fortune 54 (November 1956), ill. p. 156.
SELZ, PETER. German Expressionist Painting (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1957), p. 169, no. 64, ill.
WINGLER, HANS MARIA. Oskar Kokoschka: The Work of the Painter, Catalogue Raisonee (Salzburg: Galerie Welz, 1958), no. 65, ill.
HODIN, J.P. Oskar Kokoschka: The Artist and His Time (London: Cory, Adams & Mackay, 1966), pp. 55, 114.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Abrams, 1974), pp. 707-708, no. 184, ill.
WERNER, ALFRED. "Kokoschka at Ninety," American Artist, 40/405 (April 1976), ill. p. 35.
WINKLER, JOHANN and KATHARINA ERLING. Oskar Kokoschka die Gemalde: 1906-1929 (Salzburg: Verlag Galerie Welz, 1995), no. 64, ill. p. 38.
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