Art: In London, A Visionary Maestro

The initials "OK," like a brusque mark of approval, are scrawled in the corners of a few of the best paintings of our century. They belonged to Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), the visionary Austrian painter whose career spanned seven decades and not a few places of exile. Born in the world of the Emperor Franz Josef, he died in that of Reagan and Thatcher, just before the expressionist revival of the '80s took hold. Recent years have seen major shows of such expressionist masters as Ludwig Kirchner and Max Beckmann, and now the 100th anniversary of O.K.'s birth is marked by a...

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