Ruth III
Oskar Kokoschka (Austrian, 1886-1980)
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Over his long career, Oskar Kokoschka made dozens of portraits, several of them in series. This portrait of Ruth Landshoff (1904–1966) may have been intended for an unrealized portfolio entitled “Daughters of the Covenant,” which was to feature a group of five Jewish women. The sitter strikes a peculiar pose because she is listening to music—her thoughts, as her physical self, are transported elsewhere. The certainty of Kokoschka’s black lines stems from his extensive experiments with graphic work, and his confidence deploying oil crayon on a lithograph stone shows in the colored brushwork of his contemporaneous painted portraits.


  • Artist Name: Oskar Kokoschka (Austrian, 1886-1980)
  • Title: Ruth III
  • Date: 1922
  • Medium: Lithograph on heavy laid paper
  • Edition: Edition of 108 (or 109), No. 26
  • Dimensions: 28-1/8 x 21-1/8 in. (71.4 x 53.7 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
  • Accession Number: P.1953.279
  • Copyright: © 2017 Fondation Oskar Kokoschka / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zurich Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Object Information

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  • Oakland Art Gallery, 1928-01-04 to 1928-01-29

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  • Los Angeles, California School of Fine Arts, 1927-04 to ?-

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  • Norton Simon Museum, 1986-08-07 to 1987-04-26

German Expressionist Exhibition

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1988-05-19 to 1989-06-18

The Blue Four-Galka Scheyer Collection From The Norton Simon Museum

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  • Norton Simon Museum, 2009-10-30 to 2010-04-05

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  • Jensen, Jens Christina, Kokoschka und Dresden, pp. 161, 162
  • Arntz, Wilhelm F., Oskar Kokoschka: Aus seinem Schaffen 1907-1950, 1950, no. 138
  • Wingler, Hans M. and Friedrich Welz, Oskar Kokoschka: Das druckgraphische Werk, 1975, no. 154
  • The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection, Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena, 1976, no. 386 p. 148
  • Barnett, Vivian Endicott, The Blue Four Collection at the Norton Simon Museum, 2002, no. 380 p. 372

Additional Artwork by Artist

Hefa Oskar Kokoschka 1922
Portrait of Frau Reuther Oskar Kokoschka c. 1921
The Man in the Tomb (from the Series O Ewigkeit du Donnerwort (Bach Canata) Oskar Kokoschka 1914

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