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Pigeons is a 1941 work by Oskar Kokoschka. It is not currently on display in IMMA. It is part of the IMMA Permanent Collection.

Dimensions40 x 60 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift by the Bank of Ireland from the Bank of Ireland collection, 2008
Item NumberIMMA.2605
Not on view
Image Caption
Oskar Kokoschka, Pigeons, 1941, Watercolour, 40 x 60 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift by the Bank of Ireland from the Bank of Ireland collection, 2008

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About the Artist

Oskar Kokoschka 1886–1980

Austrian artist, poet and playwright Oskar Kokoschka was born in Pöchlarn and studied at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, where his expressionist works caused controversy. After serving in World War I, Kokoschka took up a professorship at the Dresden Academy. He returned to Vienna in 1931, but due to the rise of the Nazi Party, he moved to Prague and became a Czech citizen in 1937. The same year, the Nazi Party condemned his work as ‘degenerate art’ and removed it from public view. He fled to England in 1938 and became a British national in 1947. Six years later he settled in Geneva, where he taught at the Summer Academy of Fine Arts and designed sets and costumes for the theatre and the opera. Kokoschka’s autobiography 'Mein Leben' was published in 1971.
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