Art: Saints and Demons

The most degenerate of all degenerate European artists (according to Hitler) is having his biggest exhibition in the U.S. A one-man show of Czech Oskar Kokoschka opened last week in Manhattan's Buchholz Gallery—full of pictures of the Freudian subconscious which Nazi officials have condemned and exiled as politically dangerous.

Kokoschka, a high priest of Europe's Expressionist school, paints and draws with desperate passion eerie, flayed-looking nudes, wild-eyed portrait sitters, muddily fantastic landscapes, grotesque figures of saints and demons done in coarse, guttural lines and screaming colors. To connoisseurs, his brooding fantasies are as exciting as the paintings of the Expressionists' idol, Vincent...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!