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Gloucester (From King Lear)

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Gloucester led by an old man

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Gloucester (From King Lear)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Oskar Kokoschka
Austrian, 1886–1980

Date

1963

Medium

Lithograph on paper

Accession #

1979.61 I

Dimensions

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Gloucester led by an old man
Act IV, Scene I: “I have no way: and therefore want no eyes”

Betrayed by his son Edmund, Gloucester has been blinded by Regan and her husband. Disconsolately he wanders on the heath and is taken in by poor people. A minimum of recognizable details, such as the moon in a dark sky and the gable of a house or hut, suffice to evoke the setting of this scene.

Credit

Gift of Dr. Sherman N. Leis through the Ackerman Foundation

Image Copyright

© Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ProLitteris, Zurich

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