Hi, I am looking for someone to write an article on knight errant by oskar kokoschka Paper must be at least 1500 words. Please, no plagiarized work! He lived in many countries before settling in Switzerland. He passed away in 1980.
In 1915, Oscar Kokoschka created a self-portrait known as Knight Errant. The painting measures 89.5 cm by 180cm (Alsdorf et al, 2001, pg.179). The painting consists of a central figure who appears to be Kokoschka. The figure is dressed in the protective covering of a feudal knight. The figure’s position is in such a way that it appears lost in stormy scenery. There are two other figures close to the central figure, a mysterious woman, and a winged birdman. Above the central figure is a gloomy sky bearing the letters “E S”.
The interpretation of this painting is that the central figure dressed in the protective covering of a feudal knight is Kokoschka. The figure lays errant, lost in a stormy landscape implying that Kokoschka is depicting himself facing a disturbing situation. He is dressed in a protective covering of the feudal knights, this is probably a prediction of his involvement in world war I where he got seriously injured later in 1915. The mysterious woman is probably Alma Mahler, the woman he loved. The winged birdman is a representation of the angel of death. he was so close to death after the injury he got during the war. The gloomy sky is a representation of the discomfort and sadness facing him. The letters “E S” may be a reference to Jesus Christ words during his crucifixion, “Eloi Eloi Lama Sabachthanni” (My God, My God, why hast Thou forsook me?), implying that Kokoschka in this situation, he was experiencing agony and suffering just like Jesus during his crucifixion.
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Kokoschka completed the creation of this painting in 1915. During this period, Kokoschka’s relationship with Alma Mahler was crumbling (Solomon, 2003, pg.102). Mahler was a widow and her dead husband was a very renowned composer. After the death of her husband, Mahler was involved in two love affairs concurrently.