Virginia and J. Thomas Maher III
Collection of Modern Art
Untitled (two portraits), ca. 1953
Oil on paper
7 1/2" x 7 3/4" and 7 3/4" x 7"
UWM Art Collection, 2011.009
Gift of Thomas and Virginia Maher
Kokoschka's portrait studies testify to the artists enduring fascination with color and its power to evoke emotion. Kokoschka believed portraiture was especially effective in cultivating insight, intuition and empathy necessary for depicting a person's psyche.