Gloucester and Edgar (From King Lear)
Gloucester and Edgar
Act IV, Scene VI: “This world I do renounce”
On the heath, sightless Gloucester has met his son Edgar but does not recognize him. He asks Edgar to lead him to a cliff at Dover so that he may jump to his death. By a trick, Edgar convinces his father that he has miraculously survived the fall. Kokoschka depicts Gloucester without clothing, signifying that the once powerful man has been reduced to naked despair.