Mary Meerson in Profile, 1931

Oskar Kokoschka

Pöchlarn 1886 - 1980 Montreux


Mary Meerson in Profile, 1931


Red chalk
45,1 x 31,1 cm
Signed lower right: "OKokoschka"

Confirmed by Dr. Alfred Weidinger, Leipzig / Vienna.

The sitter, Mary Meerson (Sofia 1902 - 1993 Paris), was a remarkable personality of the Parisian art world. She danced with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in Monte Carlo, then Paris, and became a friend of Kiki de Montparnasse. She was married to the Russian painter and cinematic art director Lazare Meerson (1897-1938). Meerson posed as model for a number of artist in particular for Oskar Kokoschka who in 1931 made several portraits of her.

LITERATURE:
Paul Westheim, Der Zeichner Kokoschka, London 1962, no. 126, p. 15, colour ill.

EXHIBITIONS:
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Drawings from Georgia Collections, 1981, no. 57
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Master Drawings from Titian to Picasso - The Curtis O. Baer Collection, May 31 - August 24, 1986, National Gallery of Art, Washington, July 28 - October 6, 1985, Indianapolis Museum of Art, January 14 - March 27, 1986, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, March 27 - May 11, 1986, Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, September 17 - November 2, 1986, Frederick Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, November 30, 1986 - January 11, 1987, no. 95, p. 162, ill.

PROVENANCE:
Paul Cassirer & Co., Amsterdam, 1965
Curtis O. Baer Collection
Thence by descent

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