Portrait of Egon Wellesz

(1911)

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

Oil on canvas, 29 3/4 × 27 1/8 in. (75.5 × 68.9 cm)

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

Accession Number: 66.2776

Provenance:
The Artist, Vienna
Egon Wellesz, Vienna
Kunsthandlung Heinrich Kuehl, Dresden, 1929
Staatliche Gemäldegalerie, Dresden, acquired from Kunsthandlung Kuehl for 3,000 Marks, 1929-31 December 1937 (inv. no. 2594C, confiscated and deaccessioned in 1937; sold by Karl Buchholz, Berlin, by 1941)
Buchholz Gallery, New York, to 18 January 1947 (owned and operated by Curt Valentin)
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 18 January 1947-17 May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Exhibition History:
STADTISCHE KUNSTHALLE, Mannheim, Germany. "Oskar Kokoschka: Das Gesammelte Werk," 18 January-1 March 1931, no. 13.
STADELSCHES KUNSTINSTITUT, Frankfurt. "Vom Abbild zum Sinnbild," 3 June-3 July 1931, no. 126.
BUCHHOLZ GALLERY, New York. "Kokoschka," 27 October-15 November 1941, no. 8.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Twentieth Century Portraits," 9 December 1942-24 January 1943, ill. p. 63.
BUCHHOLZ GALLERY, New York. "Painting and Sculpture from Europe," 2-28 January 1947, no. 10, ill. p. 10.
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Boston. "Oskar Kokoschka: A Retrospective Exhibition," 6 October-14 November 1948, no. 16, ill. Tour: PHILLIPS MEMORIAL GALLERY, Washington, DC, 5 December-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.
ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO. "Soutine-Kokoschka," 1-31 October 1956, no. 5.
TATE GALLERY, London. "Oskar Kokoschka," 14 September-11 November 1962, no. 32.
KUNSTVEREIN IN HAMBURG. "Oskar Kokoschka," 9 December 1962-27 January 1963, ill. 16.
ART GALLERIES, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES. "Years of Ferment: The Birth of Twentieth Century Art, 1886-1914," 24 January-7 March, 1965, no. 77, ill. Tour: SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART, 28 March-16 May; CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART, 13 July-22 August.
MARLBOROUGH-GERSON GALLERY, New York. "Oskar Kokoschka," October-November 1966, no. 11, ill. p. 31.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975.
PORTLAND ART MUSEUM. "Vienna Moderne: 1898-1918," 7 June-15 July 1979.
MUSEE AND GALERIE DES BEAUX-ARTS, Bordeaux, France. "Kokoschka Exhibition," May 1983.
TATE GALLERY, London. "Oskar Kokoschka 1886-1980," 11 June-10 August 1986, no. 22, ill. Tour: KUNSTHAUS ZURICH, 4 September-9 November; SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York, 9 December 1986-15 February 1987.
KUNSTSAMMLUNG NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, Dusseldorf, Germany. "Museum der Gegenwartkunst in Offentlichen Sammlungen bis 1937," 11 September-15 November 1987.
KUNSTFORUM, Vienna. "Oskar Kokoschka: Retrospective," 14 March-23 June 1991, no. 15, ill.
GALERIE ST. ETIENNE, New York. "Gerstl and Kokoschka," 17 March-9 May 1992.
STAATLICHE KUNSTSAMMLUNGEN DRESDEN. "Oskar Kokoschka und Dresden," 29 September-4 December 1996. Tour: OSTERREICHISCHE GALERIE BELVEDERE, Vienna, 18 December 1996-2 March 1997, colorpl.
TATE MODERN, London. "Century City: Art and Culture in the Twentieth Century Metropolis," 1 February-28 April 2001, p. 289, no ill.
NEUE GALERIE, New York. "Oskar Kokoschka: The Modern Portrait," 8 March-3 June 2002, p. 151. Tour: HAMBURGER KUNSTHALLE, 5 July-29 September.
OSTERREICHISCHE GALERIE BELVEDERE, Vienna. "Oskar Kokoschka: Traumender Knabe-Enfant Terrible," 24 January-12 May 2008. Tour: LENTOS KUNSTMUSEUM LINZ, Linz, Austria, 29 May-28 September.
KUNSTHAUS ZURICH, 2018

Published References:
WESTHEIM, PAUL. Oskar Kokoschka (Potsdam-Berlin: Gustav Kiepenhauer, 1918), p. 53.
UNSIGNED. Katalog der Modernen Galerie (Dresden: Staatliche Gemaldegalerie, 1930), no. 259c, p. 40.
UNSIGNED. Museum der Gegenwart 1/2 (Berlin: 1930), p. 81, ill. p. 88.
PLAUT, JAMES S. Oskar Kokoschka (New York: Chanticleer, 1945), p. 83, ill.
HOFFMANN, EDITH. Kokoschka, Life and Work (London: Faber & Faber, 1947), p. 112, no. 53, p. 297.
VALENTIN, CURT. The Curt Valentin Archive (New York: Museum of Modern Art, letter from Valentin to Kokoschka, dated 31 January 1947), box no. 28.
RETI, RUDOLPH. "Egon Wellesz, Musician and Scholar," Musical Quarterly 42 (January 1956), frontispiece, ill.
HUGHES, EMMET JOHN. "Joe Hirshhorn, The Brooklyn Uranium King," Fortune 54 (November 1956), colorpl. p. 156.
SAARINEN, ALIEN B. The Proud Possessors (New York: Random House, 1958), photo of view from Hirshhorn's desk, n.p.
WINGLER, HANS MARIA. Oskar Kokoschka: The Work of the Painter, Catalogue Raisonee (London: Faber & Faber, 1958), no. 64.
DORRA, HENRI. Years of Ferment: The Birth of Twentieth Century Art, 1886-1914 (Los Angeles: University of California, 1965), no. 105, ill, p. 77.
MARMOR, NANCY. "Years of Ferment: UCLA Art Galleries," Artforum 111/6 (March 1965), p. 12.
HODIN, J.P. Oskar Kokoschka: The Artist and His Time (London: Cory, Adams & Mackay, 1966), p. 108.
SCHMALENBACH, FRITZ. Oskar Kokoschka (Greenwich, Connecticut: New York Graphic Society, 1968), p. 11.
KOKOSCHKA, OSKAR. Mein Leben (Munich: Bruckmann, 1971), p. 282.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Abrams, 1974), p. 707, colorpl. 225.
WERNER, ALFRED. "Kokoschka at Ninety," American Artist 40/405 (April 1976), ill. p. 34.
KRUSZYNSKY, ANETTE, et al. Museum der Gegenwart: Kunst in Offentlichen Sammlungen bis 1937 (Dusseldorf: Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 1987), p. 135, ill.
WINKLER, JOHANN and KATHARINA ERLING. Oskar Kokoschka die Gemalde 1906-1929 (Salzburg: Verlag Galerie Welz, 1995), no. 65, p. 39, no ill.
MCALLISTER, JANE, ed. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 150 Works of Art (Washington, DC: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in association with Harry N. Abrams, 1996), p. 24.
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