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Lear with Cordelia (From King Lear)

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Lear with Cordelia (From King Lear)

Artwork Details


Oskar Kokoschka
Austrian, 1886–1980




Lithograph on paper

Accession #

1979.61 O


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Lear with Cordelia in his arms
Act V, Scene III: “If that her breath will mist or stain the stone, Why, then she lives.”

Although Edmund, dying, rescinds his earlier order to execute Lear and Cordelia, the gesture comes too late. Lear’s hope that Cordelia is still breathing is not answered.


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

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