Oskar Kokoschka: The Myth of Prometheus

Katja and Nicolai Tangen 20th Century Gallery
Opens 19 Nov 2021

In 1950, Count Antoine Seilern commissioned Oskar Kokoschka to produce a ceiling painting for his London home. Painted on an epic scale, The Prometheus Triptych is one of Kokoschka’s most ambitious compositions. The artist intended this scene of apocalypse and regeneration to be a reflection on his time, as well as a demonstration of the possibilities of figurative painting.

Count Seilern bequeathed the Prometheus Triptych to The Courtauld in 1978 along with his great collection of old master paintings and drawings. This will be the first time that it has been seen in London for more than a decade. The display will present the triptych alongside a photographs by the American photojournalist Lee Miller showing Kokoschka at work on the canvas in Seilern’s home.

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From 19 November 2021

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