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Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) was an Austrian artist, poet and playwright, best known for his intense expressionistic portraits and landscapes.Kokoschka's early career was marked by portraits of Viennese celebrities, painted in a nervously animated style. He served in the Austrian army in World War I and was wounded. At the hospital, the doctors decided that he was mentally unstable. Nevertheless, he continued to develop his career as an artist, traveling across Europe and painting the landscape. Deemed a degenerate by the Nazis, Kokoschka fled Austria in 1934 for Prague.   more from wikipedia »