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Gloucester and Edgar (From King Lear)

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Gloucester and Edgar (From King Lear)

Artwork Details


Oskar Kokoschka
Austrian, 1886–1980




Lithograph on paper

Accession #

1979.61 L


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Gloucester and Edgar

Act IV, Scene VI: “This world I do renounce”

On the heath, sightless Gloucester has met his son Edgar but does not recognize him. He asks Edgar to lead him to a cliff at Dover so that he may jump to his death. By a trick, Edgar convinces his father that he has miraculously survived the fall. Kokoschka depicts Gloucester without clothing, signifying that the once powerful man has been reduced to naked despair.


Gift of Dr. Sherman N. Leis through the Ackerman Foundation

Image Copyright

© Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ProLitteris, Zurich