The Snake Charmer

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Geometrically patterned composition with bright saturated colors composed of a central female figure with mermaid’s tail and bright red mane of hair; skull-headed figure at left with guitar; two green monster-like figures in upper right quadrant; two black fish with blue eyes near center.
Oskar Kokoschka
1907-1908
“The Snake Charmer” marks a movement towards a more expressionistic style in Kokoschka’s work incorporating a bold, bright color palette, undulating lines and organic forms into a new, modern means of artistic expression filled with metaphors and personal mythologies. The image is unsettling with acidic colors and dark, outlandish subject matter suggestive of an underwater scene with a mermaid, green sea monsters and a skull-headed musician at left playing a guitar representing the snake charmer.
Gift of Herbert Barrows
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