Section III - Journeys and stays in Paris(1923–1934)

Financially supported by his gallerist Paul Cassirer, Kokoschka started to travel throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. The landscapes, urban scenes, and portraits of men and animals he produced during his travels offered a stark contrast with the style of his Dresden experimentations. The matter is fluid and the palette broader, owing to new relationships between colors and to light touches, like an echo of his rapid journeys across these lands.

The suicide of Cassirer on January 7, 1926 and the subsequent economic crash of 1929 impacted Kokoschka’s financial security. He returned to Vienna in 1932, where he found the city plagued by serious political troubles linked to the rise of fascism.