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Lear with Cordelia (From King Lear)

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Lear with Cordelia

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Lear with Cordelia (From King Lear)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Oskar Kokoschka
Austrian, 1886–1980

Date

1963

Medium

Lithograph on paper

Accession #

1979.61 O

Dimensions

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 201

Description

Lear with Cordelia in his arms
Act V, Scene III: “If that her breath will mist or stain the stone, Why, then she lives.”

Although Edmund, dying, rescinds his earlier order to execute Lear and Cordelia, the gesture comes too late. Lear’s hope that Cordelia is still breathing is not answered.

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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